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Taoiseach is tight-lipped over RTE pay comparisons

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

By Aine McMahon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to be drawn on the issue that some staff at RTE are being paid more money than him.

RTE confirmed it is seeking to cut its workforce by 200 as one of a series of measures to tackle its financial crisis and reduce costs by €60m over the next three years.

Salaries for the 10 highest paid RTE presenters, who mainly work as contractors rather than staff, added up to €3m in 2016.

Mr Varadkar is paid €200,000 per year.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday, he declined to comment on salaries of RTE staff compared to his.

"I'm not going to get into about issues about what other people are paid or not. There are lots of people in RTE who don't earn big salaries and are working very hard for the money they make," he said.

"The issues in RTE do need to be resolved and there's a plan that's now being put forward by management and by the boards and that will need to be considered."

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