New RTE Six One news presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin Shanley last night appeared on The Late Late Show.
The ladies will be taking over from Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ni Bheolian in January, and they say the fact that two women have taken over the biggest news role in Ireland “is irrelevant.”
“I don’t think we got it because we are women; I don’t think we would have wanted it on that basis either,” Shanley said.
“I think we got it on merit, we’re both solid journalists.
“Pay negotiations, we’ve been through them. All I can say really is I’m happy with how I’m being paid.”
Caitriona, RTE’s White House correspondent also says she is happy with the choice.
“I think it’s a brave and enlightened choice by our boss, particularly given the debate that there has been in Ireland,”
“But yes, it is more about a new massive opportunity for both of us and a new chapter in the life of Six One.
“I think everyone knows how much I absolutely adored America and I loved the job.
“But it’s the thing everyone grew up watching with your tea or your dinner. When I was offered this totally out of the blue, it was very difficult to say no to.”
We can’t wait to see the women in action.