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Sex-act DJ Neil Prendeville mixed beer and wine with tablets

The radio DJ who engaged in a sex act on an Aer Lingus flight has revealed he had consumed painkillers on top of three pints of Guinness, three bottles of lager and copious amounts of wine.

Neil Prendeville (49), the star of 96FM, now faces being interviewed by gardai after he first exposed himself and then masturbated on a Heathrow to Cork flight on October 19.

Yesterday the broadcaster made his first appearance in Cork city centre since the controversy erupted last week. He called to a popular bistro on Washington Street, where he met a friend for breakfast.

Mr Prendeville has revealed details of the cocktail of alcohol and painkillers that he insisted left him with no recollection of events on the flight three weeks ago.

Mr Prendeville -- who faces crunch talks with his employers UTV/96FM over the controversy later this week -- has maintained he has absolutely no memory of the flight.

He was flown over to London by the Cork Convention Bureau to help promote the city as a tourism destination -- but insisted he has little recollection of the evening at celebrity chef Richard Corrigan's plush London restaurant, Bentley's.

"We were at the airport early in Cork and I had three pints of Guinness. I then had two small bottles of wine on the plane and three bottles of Stella (Artois lager) in the restaurant along with more wine," he said.

"I had not eaten all day -- I don't eat carbs and I have had a rapid weight loss. The food was only coming out as we were leaving the restaurant," he said.

Mr Prendeville had taken some painkillers before he left Cork for a persistent neck problem. He said he has no recollection of travelling back to Heathrow or boarding the flight.

However, he acknowledged that he has since been informed by other individuals on the trip that he then had another drink at Heathrow while waiting for the Cork departure. "I do not remember anything about the bar in the airport," he said.

He said he felt it was unfair to blame the painkiller he consumed -- Nurofen Plus -- for the apparent blackout and that he had never intended for the name of the painkiller to be publicly released.

Mr Prendeville -- who earns €150,000-plus per annum from 96FM -- has admitted that he felt suicidal in the wake of the coverage of the incident.

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