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Minister requests meeting with RTÉ DG and Board Chair

Minister for Media Catherine Martin has requested RTÉ Director General Kevin Bakhurst and Chair of the Board Siún Ní Raghallaigh meet her at department headquarters this morning.

The request followed a weekend of mounting political pressure on RTÉ to make public the details of payments to top executives who have left the organisation.

The minister is expected to emphasise again to RTÉ bosses that transparency is essential in rebuilding trust amongst staff and the public.

Minister Martin will say that this is also required in the context of ongoing Government discussions around a new funding model for public service media.

In recent days, the Taoiseach has called for greater clarity from RTÉ about the exit payments paid to senior executives who stepped aside from their roles.

There was confirmation at the weekend that former Director of Strategy Rory Coveney was paid what appears to have been a year’s salary when he left RTÉ last July.

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted though that RTÉ must be more forthcoming with the full details of any such payments, adding that it is scandalous the way information has to be dragged from the organisation.

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