Thursday 22 August 2019

Sinead Desmond's sudden departure from TV3 now a 'legal matter'

Sinéad Desmond took over from Maura Derrane on ‘Ireland AM’ in 2006 but over the weekend confirmed her departure
Sinéad Desmond took over from Maura Derrane on ‘Ireland AM’ in 2006 but over the weekend confirmed her departure
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Former TV3 presenter Sinead Desmond has enlisted the services of a solicitor to enter into negotiations with Virgin Media, which owns TV3, in the wake of her shock departure from the station.

The ‘Ireland AM’ anchor’s sudden departure from the station after 11 years is now “a legal matter” between her and her former employers. Ms Desmond left her job seven weeks ago amid reports of an alleged row with TV3 management over a gender pay-gap issue.

Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes, Mark Cagney and Anna Daly (right)
Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes, Mark Cagney and Anna Daly (right)

A statement released by Wendy Doyle Solicitors read: “This is now a legal matter between Sinead Desmond and Virgin Media. My client has been trying to resolve this matter since the beginning of the year.”

It added that Ms Desmond wanted to thank her colleagues and viewers for their “incredible support” and that she wouldn’t be making any further comment at this time. 

She started on the show 11 years ago, taking over from Maura Derrane after working for a number of years with different newspapers and publications. When she joined the ‘Ireland AM’ team, it’s thought she came on board as a staff member while co-presenters Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes were on individual presenting contracts.

It’s thought that her efforts to address this perceived discrepancy in wages came to no resolution, prompting her decision to part ways with the station.

Irish Independent

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