Morrissey stays silent on RTÉ gender pay row
Sports personality Marty Morrissey has refused to be drawn into the pay row at RTÉ.
The RTÉ Gaelic games presenter declined to comment when asked his opinion on the controversy over the enormous salaries paid to some of his colleagues and the pay gap between men and women doing the same job at Montrose.
Although he is not included in the top 10 list of the most highly-paid presenters at RTÉ, Morrissey has been with the State broadcaster since 1994 but his salary has never been published.
"I was asked the same question last week at the Galway Races but I've got no comment whatsoever," he said.
This is despite claims from some of his colleagues that the ongoing gender pay gap row is now damaging morale.
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Communications Minister Denis Naughton has called on RTÉ to publish salaries of anyone at the publicly funded broadcaster earning more than €100,000 a year.
Morrissey made the comments at a photocall at Dublin's Herbert Park urging men to get their blood pressure checked as the Irish Heart Foundation's Mobile Health Unit celebrates its first year providing free on-the-spot blood pressure monitoring.
As it turned out, his blood pressure - 140/90 - is slightly over the healthy ratio of 120/80. While he doesn't smoke or drink, he admits to eating too much salt and junk food when he's on the road.
Meanwhile, he was also on hand to help raise awareness of the celebrity hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. GAA stars will go head to head at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, as racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Davy Russell will bring household names in GAA and horse racing together to take part in the match on August 15.