Andrew McGinley said that he is yet to be invited to a meeting with RTÉ about its decision to drop him from the Late Late Show last month.
The grieving father told the Sunday Independent he was still “hurting” over the move and cannot understand how the broadcaster managed to arrive at such a decision.
He was invited on the show on October 8 to launch a charity event in honour of his three children, who were killed by their mother, Deirdre Morley, at their Dublin home in January last year.
“To be invited on was massive, then to have it pulled away — when I think about the amount of money we could have raised for Darragh’s charity ‘As Darragh Did’ which helps keep all their names alive,” he said.
RTÉ told Mr McGinley it had received a letter which said “it could be a painful and traumatic experience” to see him talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on The Late Late Show.
It emerged last week that the letter came from Deirdre Morley’s family.
Yesterday, Mr McGinley said his wife, Ms Morley, was generally aware of his wish to speak about the children and the charity he has founded in their memory.
“Her only ask is that I don’t include any photographs of Deirdre on anything I’m doing with ‘Conor’s Clips’, I never have, and I won’t,” he said.
The other request, through her legal team, was that he would not disclose anything in her medical records that was not already in the public domain. “Again, I never have and I never will,” he said.
He said he is in almost constant contact with Ms Morley’s treating team, but finds it difficult to interact with her directly.
‘As Darragh Did‘ is one of three projects that celebrate the legacy of the McGinley children.
Inspired by seven-year-old Darragh’s love of music and events, the charity aims to fund local clubs, groups and projects with donations to be used to encourage participation in sports, as Darragh was involved with GAA and Hurling
The fund recently supported the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, among many other groups.
Daniel O’Donnell is to headline a special concert next year for As Darragh Did.
The gig will take place on June 2nd 2022 in Newcastle Community Centre in Dublin – Andrew McGinley’s hometown.
Tickets are being given away in an exciting raffle at: www.asdarraghdid.ie
The other projects set up by Andrew in his children’s names are a YouTube channel for Conor called ‘Conor’s Clips’ and a colouring competition for Carla- www.snowmanforcarla.ie.