Wednesday 19 September 2018

Ireland AM presenter Sinead Desmond has quit TV3 breakfast show after 11 years

Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Sinead Desmond has reportedly quit her role as co-anchor on TV3's Ireland AM.

The popular broadcaster, who has hosted the weekday breakfast show since 2006, left the role six weeks ago.

Presenters Aidan Cooney, Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney,Anna Daly and Alan Hughes pictured at the unveiling of the new Ireland Am set at Tv3 Studio's in Ballymount Dublin
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Presenters Aidan Cooney, Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney,Anna Daly and Alan Hughes pictured at the unveiling of the new Ireland Am set at Tv3 Studio's in Ballymount Dublin Pic:Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

Her departure reportedly comes after discussions over pay with TV3 bosses in the wake of the gender pay gap highlighted at State broadcaster RTE and the BBC in the UK.

A statement issued by TV3 reads, "Sinead Desmond has decided to leave Ireland AM after 11 years working on the show.  We would like to thank Sinead and wish her well for the future."

TV3's Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney.
TV3's Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney.

Desmond (43) took over the role from Maura Derrane and hosted Ireland AM for three hours Monday to Friday alongside Anna Daly, and male hosts Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes, and Aidan Cooney.

Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes have been at TV3 for 17 and 15 years respectively.

Ireland Am presenters Anna Daly, Mark Cagney, Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes
Ireland Am presenters Anna Daly, Mark Cagney, Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes

In recent weeks she has been replaced by Ireland AM reporter Ciara Doherty.

At RTE a pay review was recently carried out after it was revealed that Sharon Ni Bheolain earned up to €80,000 less than her RTE Six One news co-anchor Brian Dobson.

Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes
Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes

Key figures such as Ms Ní Bheoláin, Martina Fitzgerald and Emma O'Kelly all spoke out over the issue.

The pay review revealed the RTE pay gap to be below the national average with a pay disparity of 4% in favour of men.

Independent.ie has reached out to Sinead Desmond for comment.

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