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Daniel O'Donnell on Irish local radio station
"I would do it for a million and some kind of leaf to cover the bare essential"
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BBC Northern Ireland's Julian Fowler reveals:
The prospect of Daniel's "full Monty" is eagerly anticipated by his fans
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Saturday, 13 January, 2001, 12:28 GMT
Daniel's 'full Monty' pledge
Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O'Donnell: Fans throughout Ireland and the UK
Irish music's Mr Clean, Daniel O'Donnell, has promised to bare all in return for a 1m donation to his Romanian orphans charity.

Since the singer from Donegal made the strip-tease pledge on a radio station in Galway, the Irish airwaves have been dominated by views on his raunchier side.

He was asked the question by the presenter of a Galway Bay FM show in light of a controversy over the decision to withdraw a nude photograph of a priest from a calendar after the intervention of the local bishop.

After saying he was in favour of Fr Olan Rynne appearing in the calendar alongside other local personalities who were shedding their clothes for charity, he said he would do it as long it was "tasteful".

Romanian orphan
The charity has raised more than 750,000
"Maybe if I got a million," he said. "If someone gave me a million I would.

"As the saying goes, I would need some kind of leaf to cover the bare essential and it would not need to be a terribly big leaf."

O'Donnell and his fans in Ireland and throughout the UK have raised more than 750,000 for Romanian orphans.

His record company said it assumed his offer to take off his clothes if the pledge materialised was genuine.

Many of his legions of followers are hoping the money will be found.

Think again Daniel

"It would be great to see his body, see what he's made of," said one fan at a Belfast bingo hall.

"As long as it's for charity."

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson joked that the move would be ill-advised.

"I think Daniel's making a mistake. I don't think he realises the gravity of what he's doing. As he well knows, I have seen him with his shirt off!"

However, the singer himself is reported to be toning up in case he does have to go ahead with his own version of the "Full Monty".

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