Monday 18 December 2017

Anne Doyle on pay: 'You do the same job, you get the same money'

Anne Doyle. Picture: Mark Condren
Anne Doyle. Picture: Mark Condren
Anne Doyle at The Marker Hotel for the VIP Style Awards 2016
Anne Doyle at the Yellow Tail Wine tasting event at Drury Buildings,Dublin. Pic :Brian McEvoy
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Anne Doyle may have retired nearly six years ago, but she has admitted that she still dreams about work.

Doyle, who worked as a newsreader in RTE for over three decades, retired in December 2011, and told Independent.ie that she still has dreams about deadlines from time to time.

“I’m retired a lifetime now! I have to say, you know when you dream that you have exams coming up and you haven’t opened a book or you’re going to miss the exam? I still dream about work, and it’s always about deadlines,” she laughed.

“Two nights ago I had a horrific one, where I was going somewhere or other and I suddenly realized that I was four hours away from where I was meant to be, and I hadn’t phoned. And that’s five and a half years later, so I presume these things last! Otherwise, no, I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, ‘Oh I wish I was going to work,’ but who would? In any job. “

Anne Doyle at The Marker Hotel for the VIP Style Awards 2016
Anne Doyle at The Marker Hotel for the VIP Style Awards 2016

Following the publication of RTE’s top 10 highest earning presenters in August, which listed just three women, Doyle (65) said that her thoughts on the gender pay gap are simple.

“My feelings about this are very straightforward. I believe, as I think that any right-minded person would, in equal pay for equal work. And I wouldn’t necessarily limit that to a gap in terms of gender.

“I mean it is evidently possible that you could have two men or two women doing the same job, and one might be conceivably earning a lot more than another. It could be for historic reasons, it could be for all sorts of reasons. So I think it’s a no-brainer that we get paid the same for the same job.”

However, the station stalwart noted that there are different factors to consider when it comes to pay.

Anne Doyle at the Yellow Tail Wine tasting event at Drury Buildings,Dublin. Pic :Brian McEvoy
Anne Doyle at the Yellow Tail Wine tasting event at Drury Buildings,Dublin. Pic :Brian McEvoy

“The complexity of it comes down to how you quantify the same job. Because not all jobs that look the same, are the same. Also, I would have thought that another interesting aspect, which I haven’t followed with baited breath, but there is also the issue of opportunities. That’s sometimes worth looking at. Sometimes opportunities come one person’s way and not another.

“The basic thing is, you do the same job, you get the same money.

“You can’t just look at A and B. Who knows whether A and B are doing the same job or not, but if they are, they should be paid the same.”

The former presenter, who just returned from a week’s holiday in Spain, originally missed George Hook’s controversial comments on Newstalk regarding rape, but says she “wasn’t surprised” by the reaction they received.

“I missed them because I was away. I in fact read the Sunday papers without knowing for sure what it was that he had said. I wasn’t surprised in the slightest at the reaction. I welcome the fact that he gave, it would appear, a very whole-hearted apology. What could anyone say about them? They’re beyond unfortunate.”

Anne Doyle was speaking at the Yellow Tail Wine Tasting Experience in Drury Buildings.

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