Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (495)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

495. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his policy towards public broadcasting on longwave radio; if he has raised with RTÉ the service provided to emigrants in the UK that utilises the longwave radio service; his plans to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16169/19]

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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.