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'Don't call me an ice queen - it's baloney' - Sharon Ní Bheoláin says phrase is used to unfairly label women

Broadcaster questions whether men are labeled as 'cold' in the same way as women


Sharon Ní Bheoláin

Sharon Ní Bheoláin

Sharon Ní Bheoláin

RTÉ journalist and presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin has said she has "no requirement to be liked or loved by the public" in order to do her job with the station.

She also said the "ice-queen" tag was sometimes used to unfairly label women.

"I want, of course, to be considered competent and professional," she said.

"I want viewers to think I provide an adequate service - they pay my wages, at the end of the day.

"Do I want people to like me? It's of no consequence. I want to be loved by those I love; my immediate circle of family, my few close friends and a handful of colleagues, for whom I have the highest regard. That's all."

She also told this week's 'RTÉ Guide' in a frank interview how she feels "this ice queen business is a load of baloney".

"Is it a male construct? Have you ever heard of an ice king? Do men get labelled cold or inscrutable?

"Was that label given to me because I don't curry favour with the media? I don't play the game; do fashion shoots, the 'at home interviews'; therefore I'm a stuck-up ice queen, right?

"Wrong; I'm none of those things actually. I've nothing to gain by doing media," she said.

She set off a huge media discussion around the gender pay gap issue in 2018 when she confirmed she was paid "considerably less" than her former 'Six One' colleague Bryan Dobson.

She said she did not expect just how much attention her comments would attract at the time.

Irish Independent