Martina’s move from Dáil sur­prises RTÉ col­leagues

Irish Independent - - News - Philip Ryan and Jane Last

THE de­ci­sion by RTÉ chiefs to re­place Martina Fitzger­ald as Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent has shocked the jour­nal­ist’s col­leagues.

Se­nior RTÉ fig­ures said they were “dis­mayed” and “stunned” by the sta­tion’s de­ci­sion not to ex­tend Ms Fitzger­ald’s con­tract af­ter it came up for re­newal.

She will be re­placed by long-time RTÉ po­lit­i­cal staff mem­ber Paul Cun­ning­ham.

Ms Fitzger­ald will con­tinue work­ing as a jour­nal­ist for RTÉ News, an RTÉ spokesman said.

How­ever, a se­nior source said: “There is re­ally big shock in RTÉ and there is huge sym­pa­thy for Martina.”

An­other se­nior source at the broad­caster said peo­ple have been left “stunned” by news Ms Fitzger­ald will no longer be a po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent.

She has been the face of RTÉ’s po­lit­i­cal cov­er­age at the na­tional broad­caster for the last five years. She spent re­cent weeks pro­mot­ing her best­selling book ‘Madam Politi­cian’, which charts ex­pe­ri­ences of women in the Oireach­tas.

She has also been an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate for gen­der pay equal­ity.

Un­der a deal agreed by RTÉ unions, cor­re­spon­dent po­si­tions are re­viewed ev­ery five years.

Shock: Martina Fitzger­ald has been re­placed as RTÉ’s Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent af­ter five years in the role based in Le­in­ster House

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