Al Porter

Al Porter

Al Porter got noticed in Ireland via the RTE Two New Comedy Awards in 2013, and within a year was signed up to co-anchor the Colm Hayes drivetime show on the broadcaster's 2fm station. Outside of stand-up he has been resident panto dame at Dublin''s Olympia Theatre since 2007.
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Prosecutors drop their case against Al Porter

'I have always denied any wrongdoing'

Irish prosecutors have dropped their sexual assault  case against comedian Al Porter.

The Director of Public Prosecutions told Dublin District Court yesterday that the charge could now be struck out.

A legal order had been in place preventing media from naming Mr Porter – who was charged under his real name, Alan Kavanagh – but that was lifted yesterday. However reporting restrictions remain on further details of the now-abandoned case. 

The 26-year-old comedian, who has always  denied any wrongdoing, issued a statement on social media.

It said: ’Today the DPP has directed to drop their case against me.

‘I would like to thank my family, friends and solicitors, Michael Staines and Aoife Corridan, for their support.

‘For two long and very anxious years I have co-operated fully and respected the legal process.

‘I was in complete agreement with waiving anonymity today, even before learning that the DPP had decided to withdraw the charge, because I have always denied any wrongdoing in this case.

‘I have no further comment at this time.’

Porter was enjoying a successful career – including hosting a radio show on Today FM and  the Irish version of Blind Date – when claims of misconduct first surfaced two years ago. 

Since then he has kept a very low profile, but some reports suggest he will soon be seeking a return to the stage now charges have been dropped.

The reporting restrictions were in place to protect the anonymity of the accuser.

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Published: 28 Nov 2019

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Al Porter Is Yours

Al Porter Is Yours

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Al Porter: At Large

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Al Porter in Campus Maximus

Edinburgh Fringe 2023

Al Porter: A Work in Progress


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