Tuesday 24 April 2018

'They're more focused on glamour than the weather' - Met Eireann receives complaints over female forecasters' wardrobes

RTE weather presenter Jean Byrne
RTE weather presenter Jean Byrne
RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly wished everyone 'The best of luck' as she wrapped up the forecast last night
Nuala Carey presenting RTE weather
RTE weather presenter Audrey McGrath
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Met Eireann received multiple complaints this year about how female weather presenters dress.

Seventy eight complaints were made to Met Eireann from members of the public between the start of the year and November 1st, according to Newstalk, who obtained the information via a Freedom of Information request.

One complainant stated that female presenters look "ridiculous" and that they could "hardly believe" the cold weather based on the way female presenters are dressed.

“One can hardly believe that we are having the coldest weather at the moment by the way the female presenters are dressed. It looks so ridiculous.”

RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly wished everyone 'The best of luck' as she wrapped up the forecast last night
RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly wished everyone 'The best of luck' as she wrapped up the forecast last night

Another said that the reports are more "glamour orientated" than focused on the weather.

Speaking too fast was another problem addressed in a complaint, with the writer saying: "In particular one rattles at such a high speed (it’s) impossible to decipher or note the content.”

"Most of the complaints were about Met Éireann getting the forecast wrong," reports Newstalk, with people being promised high temperatures and then being disappointed to see rain.

One writer even said that they had taken two days off work for the predicted good weather, and that Met Eireann “managed to ruin my weekend and days off.”

Nuala Carey presenting RTE weather
Nuala Carey presenting RTE weather

The documents were obtained by Newstalk under the Freedom of Information Act and names of forecasters with individual complaints made about them were removed.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann told Independent.ie: "People are free to comment and express their opinions. We receive a lot of positive comments and praise too."

RTE weather presenter Audrey McGrath
RTE weather presenter Audrey McGrath

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