Thursday 19 July 2018

Tubridy on the gender pay gap - 'Inequality of any sort is abhorrent... fix it'

Aoife Kelly and Sasha Brady

Ryan Tubridy has said that RTE's gender pay gap review is a "good start" but said that it must be followed up with action.

The Late Late Show host made his comments following a month of controversy over the gender pay gap at the state broadcaster.

Questions arose last month when newscaster Sharon Ni Bheolain revealed that she earned much less than her Six One co-anchor Brian Dobson.

Tubridy said he wasn't surprised to hear the news.

"I saw the news like everyone else. That's what it is," he told Indepenent.ie.

"It's happened before so this isn't new. This isn't a new story for me, in the sense that the story has been reported on a year ago, two years ago and before that again.

"It's part and parcel of what we do."

Following the controversy, RTE announced that it's conducting a review to determine the scale of the gender pay gap.

The review will be carried out by former Workplace Relations Commission chief Kieran Mulvey.

Tubridy, as one of RTE's best paid stars with a salary of €495,000, has welcomed the development but insisted that it must be followed up with action.

"I think it's really healthy. I think it's a healthy development," he said.

"I'm a father of two daughters, I've two sisters, a mother who I love. The idea of inequality of any sort - pay, respect, any of it - to me is abhorrent. Fix it.

"Review is a good start but after the review has to come the action so I'm hoping that happens."

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