RTÉ has confirmed that it will bring forward the announcement of fees paid to its top ten most highly-paid presenters, and expects to release details within weeks.

At present, the details are released two years in arrears - and the most recent figures are those for 2014.

RTÉ has also confirmed that  a review of role and gender equality across the organisation will take place

Yesterday RTÉ newscaster Sharon Ní Bheoláin confirmed that at the time of the 2014 pay figures she was paid less than half of what her co-anchor Bryan Dobson was earning.

She said that the gap has since narrowed to around €80,000 per year - but she also noted that she had taken on additional duties.

Ms Ní Bheoláin's revelation comes amid mounting concern about a gender pay gap, particularly after the BBC revealed that its highest paid woman broadcaster was earning around a fifth of the highest paid man.

Of RTÉ's top ten highest paid broadcasters in 2014, only two were women: Marian Finucane and Miriam O'Callaghan.

With the National Union of Journalists calling for for an independent review of pay and contracts to examine the gender pay gap, RTÉ has confirmed that it will bring forward publication of the fees paid to its top ten presenters.

The National Women's Council of Ireland has also urged to Government to introduce sanctions for all companies receiving public funding if they fail to address gender pay gaps in their organisations.

Following RTÉ's announcement, the NUJ said the decision to bring forward information about top earners does not address the union's concerns.

"The union, and our members at RTÉ, are seeking transparency in relation to the process of pay negotiations at RTÉ, including clarification of how and why individuals are offered preferential status compared to colleagues doing comparative work," the NUJ added.

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said she has submitted an Freedom of Information request in relation to RTÉ pay.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, she said she would like to establish whether a gender pay gap exists within the organisation.

"We are looking to seek to establish from general data whether in fact a gender pay gap does exist in RTÉ, so moving beyond the top earners and looking at the organisation as a whole.

"We've asked RTÉ to outline the numbers of staff broken down by gender earning under €50,000, from €50,000-€100,000, from €150,000 and so on, and we've also asked for the difference between the mean, or average hourly rate of rate of male and female employees."