Muireann O’Connell has been unveiled as the permanent host of the lunchtime slot on Today FM.

The new show will replace that of Al Porter who left the station at the end of last year amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The permanent appointment opens up the opportunity for Today FM to complete a full daytime roster of sponsored shows again.

Renault are currently backing the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. Tesco are Dermot and Dave’s sponsors with Gas Networks Ireland supporting Fergal Darcey in the afternoon and Volvo driving The Last Word with Today FM.

O’Connell’s new programme will be a two-hour music and listener-driven show promising ‘engaging and entertaining content.’

Originally from Limerick, O’Connell started her radio career in Limerick’s Live 95 before moving to SPIN South West in 2007. She then joined Dublin alternative music station Phantom 4 years later covering for Alison Curtis.

In 2012, she moved across the city to 98FM where she produced and later presented a late night talk show. In 2014 Muireann began presenting her own music show on 98FM before joining the breakfast show a year later.

O’Connell joined Today FM in 2016 where she presented a number of shows across daytime and weekends.

In May 2017, Muireann was announced as the full-time co-host of the ‘Six O’Clock Show’ each evening on TV3, providing another link between the two stations.

“We’re delighted to welcome Muireann to the daytime line up on Today FM,” said station CEO Keith McCormack.

“Listeners will already be familiar with Muireann from her various roles on the station, notably her hugely successful ‘Saturday Hits’ show. Muireann is an extremely talented broadcaster and presenter and on behalf of the Today FM team, I’d like to extend our best wishes to her as she takes up the midday mantel.”

“We have big plans in 2018 for the station and look forward to sharing these with our listeners”

“The new lunchtime show begins on Today FM on Monday, 22nd January from 12-2pm while Fergal D’Arcy will extend his afternoon show by half an hour with a new show time of 2pm to 4.30pm.”

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