Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú) | Oireachtas source

Yesterday, I raised the issue that the average beef farmer is earning €8,000 per year. Today I want to raise the fact that salaries in RTÉ are as high as €0.5 million per year.

One RTÉ presenter earns 61 times the average wage of a beef farmer, and €1,500 per broadcast hour. That presenter earns more weekly than the average beef farmer earns in a year. The fact that this is happening is an absolute scandal, but the fact that it is happening at a time RTÉ is in bits financially is complete madness. Any goodwill in the community regarding saving or even growing RTÉ in the future is being damaged by these types of salaries. Members of the National Union of Journalists stated the 15% cut is insufficient and they have called for a cap of €208,000 per year for top presenters. Will the Tánaiste support the cap and make it happen?


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