‘Yes, we have room to improve,’ say apologetic producers of Dermot Bannon’s RTÉ show after emails obtained over grant scheme

Correspondence reveals dealings between programme-makers and officials over grant scheme heavily promoted in show

*DO NOT PUBLISH* ‘Yes, we have room to improve,’ say apologetic producers of Dermot Bannon’s hugely popular RTÉ property show

Hugh O’Connell

Today at 03:30

The producers of Dermot Bannon’s Room To Improve television show have apologised after failing to tell RTÉ about their extensive dealings with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien’s officials about a government grant scheme that was heavily promoted on the programme.

COCO Productions issued the apology this weekend after the Sunday Independent obtained emails showing detailed engagement with O’Brien’s officials on the vacant property refurbishment grant, including on a specific application to Kilkenny County Council for funding, in 2022 and 2023.

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