Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (161)

Brendan Smith

Question:

161. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has discussed with RTÉ the need to address the concerns of viewers in Northern Ireland regarding restrictions placed on them for some services hosted by RTÉ; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14701/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

RTÉ is an independent national public service broadcaster whose remit, obligations, principal objects and associated powers are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009.

Section 98 provides that RTÉ shall be independent in the pursuance of these objects, subject to the requirements of the Act. As such, I, as Minister, have no function in RTÉ's management of its day to day affairs.

This is an operational matter for RTÉ and not one in which I have a role.