The Chairperson of the Abbey Theatre board has said the board has informed Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan of actions being undertaken to address the 17 complaints made earlier this year.

In January more than 300 theatre professionals wrote a letter to the minister outlining their "deep concern and dissatisfaction", at the direction the Abbey Theatre had taken.

Among the issues were rates of pay; the number of "bought in" productions staged at the theatre; reducing its own production output which it said meant less diversity and reduced employment and communication issues.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Frances Ruane said that two key issues around the rates of pay were seen as inequitable and this has now been addressed.

The problem, she said, was that for plays produced "in-association" with other companies, a gap between Abbey rates and other pay rates emerged.

She said this model has now been dropped, as having taken legal advice the Abbey Theatre cannot tell other companies working "in association" with it what to pay their employees.

Therefore all productions will now be produced by the theatre or as co-productions ensuring the same rates of pay for everyone.

She said that a co-production in future will agree Abbey rates that will also apply to staff while the play is on tour.

Ms Ruane disputed the fact this new model would reduce the diversity of voices heard on stage.

She said the theatre aims to avoid that by having more co-productions, working with small companies but not "in association" with other companies.

Ms Ruane also said more Irish-produced shows have returned to this year's programme.

She said that €200,000 of the €300,000 in Arts Council funding that had been withheld from the theatre is set to be restored.