Ivan Yates has had unique life experience in politics, business and media. A former government minister and Wexford TD for more than 20 years; an entrepreneur who founded and developed Celtic Bookmakers to employ 400 people, with €200 million turnover.
He bounced back from bankruptcy in Wales in 2012 to become a highly successful national broadcaster. He presents the radio show The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk 4-7pm daily and co-presents The Tonight Show with Matt Cooper on TV3 four times weekly at 11pm . He is also a leading columnist with the Irish Independent newspaper.In 2014 he published his best-selling autobiography, ‘Full On’ with acclaimed reviews.
Ivan is a memorable and compelling after-dinner speaker. “Our recent Centenary Dinner in Dublin Castle was an outstanding success and Ivan as our after dinner Speaker was splendid. He combined some humorous anecdotes from his political career with other incidents from his subsequent business in a very forthright and motivational fashion which was very well and attentively received by our 140 attendance.” – Bill Lynch, Irish Branch, Institute of Irish Shipbrokers