A new study released by the EU comission on gender pay gaps within the EU, has shown that in 2009, 254,000 men earned more than 50,000, with 123,000 women earning the same salary.
It showed th suggests that Irish women in their 20s earn about 90% of what their male colleagues do and also suggests that Irish women in the 35-44 age group only earn 71.5% of what men earn.
The survey also found that women in Ireland are more likely than men to work in low paid and precarious work.
Acting CEO of the National Women’s Council, Orla O’Connor said that introducing paternity leave could help bring about more equality.
“Ireland stands out in Europe in that there’s no legislative leave for fathers and that’s giving a strong message about who should be doing the caring,” she said.
“So there should absolutely be paternity leave and that need to be put in place immediately.”