Sunday 25 February 2018

I've no problem with €100k salary remark - Miriam O'Callaghan

RTÉ ‘Prime Time’ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers
RTÉ ‘Prime Time’ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Eimear Rabbitt

RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has said she has no qualms at being asked questions about her salary - insisting she takes it all in her stride.

The 'Prime Time' presenter was speaking following Tuesday night's final televised leaders' debate ahead of tomorrow's election.

During the debate, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams asked Miriam if she earned a salary of more than €100,000. She answered, "Yes, I do", and appeared slightly taken aback by the question.

At another stage of the debate, Mr Adams asked the presenter: "What world are you living in?"

He later clarified that he was talking in relation to her question about social housing and said she did a good job at moderating the debate.

"I ask tough questions for a living so I have absolutely no problem with anyone asking me tough questions," Miriam said yesterday.

She said she was happy with how the debate went with over one million viewers tuning in during the show - the highest ratings for any of the leaders' debates.

Some 1.1 million people tuned in at various points of the debate which had an average audience of 622,000 and an audience share of 47pc.

Irish Independent

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