Miriam leaps to the defence of RTE staff after Grainne's work-shy comments
Published 30/09/2011 | 05:00
RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan has defended her colleagues in Montrose by insisting they "work harder" than their counterparts in the UK.
The 'Prime Time' host spoke out after Grainne Seoige claimed the national broadcaster does not air breakfast television "because people don't want to work".
Seoige was commenting on the differences between RTE and ITV where she worked on the breakfast show 'Daybreak'.
However, O'Callaghan, who has also worked in television in the UK -- as a producer and presenter for the BBC -- insisted her experience was very different.
"I think people work harder over here," she told the Irish Independent.
She declined to comment directly on Seoige's remarks, which RTE unions labelled "cheap and nasty" and "irresponsible and unwarranted".
But the mother of eight said there was no issue with RTE staff working early.
"Early mornings? Have you heard 'Morning Ireland', because I often come in early and those people are going home at that time," she said.
At the weekend, Seoige had suggested that her Dublin colleagues were whingers and did not have the same work ethic as people at ITV.
She later rowed back on her comments, admitting they could have sounded "dismissive".
O'Callaghan (right) was speaking yesterday at the launch of the first bereavement support training website in Europe, developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation.