TDs’ treatment of RTÉ proves their disdain for media

They may talk in public about the importance of a strong, free media for democracy but, as their attitude to RTÉ shows, our elected representatives aren’t always keen on being asked tough questions

8th July, 2018

The government’s attitude to the media can be summed up in its recent history with RTÉ. The cash-strapped state broadcaster has been begging successive ministers for communications for help. That help has not been forthcoming.

The TV licence fee in Ireland has not risen in a decade. The fee, which stands at an annual rate of €160, was increased by €2 in January 2008 in the final Celtic Tiger budget. The decision...

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