A Dublin pub will broadcast Ryan Tubridy’s appearance before the Oireachtas live for its customers.
The former Late Late Show presenter and his agent Noel Kelly will be questioned by the Oireachtas Media Committee and the Public Accounts Committee about RTÉ’s hidden payments to him.
The hearings could last up to eight hours and will be broadcast live on various media outlets.
Speaking to The Hard Shoulder, the manager of Doheny and Nesbitts on Baggot Street said it is keen its customers do not miss out on the drama.
“We had a lot of phone calls,” Johnny said.
“People enquiring would we show it, so we made a decision that we would in the end.
“So, that’s the reason why.”
Johnny expects a lot of people will drop by during their lunch break to watch it and says he has never seen anything like this before.
“Not like [this], no,” he said.
“I’m a long time at the bar trade and there’s nothing like it to that extent.”
Usually, the pub shows matches but the committee hearings have a “lot of people talking about it”.
“We’ll have it on our big television downstairs,” Johnny said.
“We’ll see how it goes from there; we can put on another television and if there’s more interest, we’ll put it on.”
RTÉ made the decision to take Mr Tubridy off-air after the scandal broke and the presenter issued a statement apologising for not challenging the publication of incorrect figures.
"While I have no responsibility for the corporate governance in RTÉ or how or what they publish in their accounts, when my earnings were published I should have asked questions at the time and sought answers as to the circumstances which resulted in incorrect figures being published," he said.
"I didn't, and I bear responsibility for my failure to do so. For this, I apologise unreservedly.
"For the avoidance of doubt, all my earnings from RTÉ have at all times been included in my company's accounts that were prepared by my accountant and filed with the Companies Registration Office and all my taxes are up to date.
"My filed accounts with details of these earnings have previously been reported on in the media".
A “root and branch” review of the broadcaster has been ordered by Media Minister Catherine Martin.
Main image: Ryan Tubridy