Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (26)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

26. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide an update on the planned introduction of legislation to deal with the issue of media ownership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35065/13]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Communications)

As the Deputy will be aware, responsibility for the control of merger and acquisitions, including those relating to the media in the State, lies with my colleague the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. At present I have no function with regard to media, outside of that relating to my broadcasting remit.

However, legislation is in train in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to significantly update the media mergers function presently contained in the Competition Act of 2002, and to transfer it to my Department.