Former Late Late Show host Pat Kenny was RTÉ's highest paid star in 2007 and 2008, earning over €950,000 last year alone.

Radio host Gerry Ryan was the second highest paid star in figures released by the national broadcaster today.

RTÉ Director General Cathal Goan has admitted the fees paid appear 'excessive' by today's standards and said they are being reduced in line with RTÉ's cost cutting programme.

There were few surprises on the list of RTÉ highest paid stars - although eyebrows may be raised at the figures unveiled today.

In 2007 Pat Kenny earned €922,000, with this figure rising to over €950,000 in 2008.

Gerry Ryan came second with €676,000 in 2007 but fell to €629,000 the following year.

Marian Finucane earned €470,000 in 2007 - jumping to €570,000 in 2008.

Ryan Tubridy's pay also rose from over €366,000 in 2007 to €533,000 12 months later.

Liveline host Joe Duffy and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy saw their salaries rise during the same period, with their salaries at €408,000 and €328,000 respectively in 2008.

Miriam O'Callaghan and Derek Mooney both earned in the region of €300,000.