I'm no longer keeping mum... choice is causing the pay gap
There are many factors that contribute to a variation in wages for men and women, but it's a complex issue
It's been a bad week for women. Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster came under fire this week for her part in and handling of the Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI), the so-called Cash for Ash scandal.
It relates to a shockingly poorly designed green energy scheme whereby businesses were incentivised to use renewable fuels - but no care went into what the energy was being used for.
The most egregious example of its failure is the possibility that a farmer could be paid £1m over the next 20 years to heat an empty shed. It's estimated that the scheme could cost the Northern Ireland exchequer £500m - big by any standard, huge for the small Northern Irish economy.