Damien Tiernan starts new WLR job after weekend spat with RTÉ

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Damien Tiernan starts new WLR job after weekend spat with RTÉ

Damien Tiernan starts new WLR job after weekend spat with RTÉ

Former RTÉ south-east correspondent Damien Tiernan starts his new job with WLR FM today following a weekend Twitter spat with the national broadcaster. 

Tiernan, who was announced as the new voice of Déise Today on WLR FM in January, gave an interview to the Sunday Business Post in which he accused RTÉ of "slashing" their regional coverage in recent years. 

The interview received broad media and social media coverage on Sunday, prompting current RTÉ News managing director Jon Williams to refute the claims on Twitter.

Tiernan responded saying RTÉ had basically called him a liar on the issue. 

Fellow Twitter users joined the debate with one expressing a hope that Tiernan's old role as south-east correspondent would be filled. Jon Williams replied, "It will. And soon."

Tiernan took his seat in the WLR FM studio at 10am on Monday to present his first Déise Today show, covering concerns for a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford and rural butcher closures in the county. 

His show continues weekdays from 10am to 12 noon.