2FM's Aifric O'Connell moonlighting with ex-colleagues The 2 Johnnies on podcast

2FM Breakfast presenter Aifric O'Connell looks set to continue working alongside her old collegues and friends The 2 Johnnies, appearing on a number of the duo's podcasts since their departure from RTÉ last month.

But RTÉ would not confirm if Ms O'Connell was granted permission to do so - as per its new register of external interests - when asked by the Irish Mail on Sunday this week.

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The 2 Johnnies - Johnny McMahon and Johnny O'Brien - struck up a close working relationship and friendship with their 'radio sister' O'Connell during their presenting spell on 2FM, when she was a producer and contributor to their Drive It show.

2fm's aifric o'connell moonlighting with ex-colleagues the 2 johnnies on podcast

Aifric O'Connell with Carl Mullan. Pic: RTÉ

The Tipperary duo were part of an exodus from 2FM last month, with Doireann Garrihy and Jennifer Zamparelli also leaving the station.

Ms O'Connell has since become the full-time replacement for Ms Garrihy, presenting the Breakfast Show alongside Carl Mullan and Donncha O'Callaghan.

New rules introduced at RTÉ in February make it mandatory for staff to seek permission for external work and promotions through a Register of Interests and Register of External Activities.

This is understood to have been the main reason 2FM lost some of its top talent in May, given how many external gigs, promotions and side businesses the four departed presenters were involved with.

2fm's aifric o'connell moonlighting with ex-colleagues the 2 johnnies on podcast

Aifric O'Connell. Pic: RTÉ

Asked this week whether Ms O'Connell had got permission for her recent appearances on The 2 Johnnies' podcast, a spokeswoman said: 'RTÉ plans to publish summary details of approved external activities on a quarterly basis, with the first one planned for release in July 2024.'

Asked whether the summary would show that Ms O'Connell had got permission for her work on The 2 Johnnies podcast, the spokeswoman said: 'No further comment.'

The 2 Johnnies brought 20,000 fans to St Anne's Park in Dublin earlier this month for their Pints In A Field 2 festival.

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