Bláthnaid, who co-hosts a weekend radio show with Derek Mooney, has revealed that she takes on other work to allow her to put her children through school.
“I hope things will improve after this headline week.” She told The Irish Mail on Sunday.
“Probably not for me but the next batch hopefully. You have to admit there is a problem to fix and the one thing about us is that we’re loud.
“RTE is in trouble financially but that is not my fault. Everyone runs RTE and not everyone can manage it but I am very optimistic about the next few months. I am.
“But then again I have a habit of being very optimistic and then being gutted. I suppose if I was towards the end of my career and I was thinking that there might be packages or whatever- but I can’t go anywhere, I can’t afford to go anywhere.
The comments come after it emerged last week that female employees in RTE are earning significantly less than their male counterparts, most notably Sharon Ni Bheolain, who earns between €60,000 and €80,000 less than her Six One News co-host Bryan Dobson.
“My daughter Sile is in college and she is 20, Peadar is going to do his Leaving Cert, the other two come after him. I have been keeping students all summer.” Bláthnaid continued
“That goes towards the back-to-school fund. I am a great believer in that, We are all good, and we aren’t going anywhere.”
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