22 Nov 2011, 18.29

The Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture will invite Noel Curran, Director General of RTÉ, and Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, to address the committee in response to recent concerns around investigative journalism at the station.

The committee believes that the policy issues raised by the Fr Kevin Reynolds libel settlement should be addressed as soon as possible.

While the committee’s terms of reference prevent an enquiry or detailed investigation, the committee intends to engage RTÉ on the implications for policy matters in the aftermath of the case.

It is anticipated that the meeting will take place in the coming weeks. Furthermore, a more general discussion on the broader policy issues at the State broadcaster, involving the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, RTÉ and the BAI, will take place in the New Year.

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For further information please contact:

Paul Hand,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2
P: +3531 618 4484
F: +3531 618 4551
paul.hand@oireachtas.ie

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Deputies
Tom Barry, Fine Gael
Michael Colreavy, Sinn Fein
Pat Deering, Fine Gael
Robert Dowds, Labour Party
Andrew Doyle, Fine Gael
Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein
Noel Harrington, Fine Gael
Martin Heydon, Fine Gael
Colm Keaveney, Labour Party
Mattie McGrath, Independent
Michael McNamara, Labour Party
Michael Moynihan, Fianna Fail
Éamon Ó Cuív, Fianna Fail
John O’Mahony, Fine Gael
Thomas Pringle, Independent
 
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Michael Comiskey, Fine Gael
Paschal Mooney, Fianna Fail
Pat O’Neill, Fine Gael
Mary Ann O’Brien, Labour Party
Brian Ó Domhnaill, Fianna Fail
John Whelan, Labour Party