Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Public Accounts Committee
Business of Committee
It is important that we acknowledge the work done by RTÉ both on this issue and on that of gender pay. I think that is the second report. We had robust exchanges with the Accounting Officer and the director of human resources when they were before the committee but they seem to have taken the issue seriously. We have reports and recommendations which they say they accept and hopefully that will lead to changes.
The National Union of Journalists, NUJ, has called for the sectoral committee, namely, the Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, to look at its wider implications because it is not just prevalent in RTÉ but is rampant across several sectors. That would not be an issue for the Committee of Public Accounts because it relates to private organisations. We have looked at it and have produced our own periodic report. Could we send that report to the committee, referencing the Eversheds report? It will be up to the committee, but it might be an issue that it could explore.