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Former RTE broadcaster to lift lid on cocaine use

Former RTE presenter Gareth O'Callaghan is to be interviewed by gardai after more revelations about his friend Gerry Ryan and other high profile stars using cocaine.

Ryan was found dead in his Dublin apartment on April 30, 2010. His death was later adjudged to have been caused by cocaine and alcohol consumption

The 49-year-old will meet police in Blanchardstown to disclose information about other media personalities at the national broadcaster he claims are using the illegal Class A drug.

“I am going to discuss what I know and what I have been told. The gardai say they are very interested in talking to me but I'm not going to say anymore until I have spoken to them,” said Mr O’Callaghan.

The well-known broadcaster has made a series of allegations in recent days, including that Gerry Ryan took cocaine while co-hosting the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, that the late broadcaster offered him the drug at a Christmas party and that he knows the identities of four more high-profile media stars using cocaine.

In a statement last night, RTE said that it rejected any suggestion of tolerance of drug use among its staff.

The station urged anyone with information concerning any illegal activity to make this known to RTE management and security, or to the Gardai and RTE will assist with any investigation.

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