HE COULD have followed in the path of comedian Jon Kenny and RTE presenter Emma O’Driscoll, but Fianna Fail deputy Willie O’Dea has confirmed that he has turned down a role in the high-rating RTE programme Celebrity Bainisteoir.
The party’s jobs, and innovation enterprise spokesperson said he reluctantly refused the role to be a mentor to a local GAA team because of the time commitment it would involve.
“I did get a firm offer and I turned it down. It’s a pity, but I found I didn’t have the time really to give the commitment. I wouldn’t like to do it unless I can do it properly.
“I just wouldn’t want to be seen to be turning up for the cameras. I had to calculate with the various things I’m doing, whether I’d be able to fit in the time, and personally at the moment I wouldn’t. But they said they would discuss it with me again next year,” he said.
He said he would be required to attend gaelic grounds for five or six full days before a match, which would not be possible.
Mr O’Dea said with his new portfolio, and dealing with the upcoming Budget in December would require his full attention.
Numerous attempts to contact the producers of the show were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.