Thursday February 20, 2020

Leading the charge

With the furore over the proposed new broadcasting charge and a storm brewing over Eirgrid's pylons plan, the Minister for Communications needs all his considerable energies as another busy year beckons, writes Nicola Cooke.

29th December, 2013
Pat Rabbitte: There is no sign of incipient senility in Ruairi's case, or mine.' Picture: Feargal Ward

Pat Rabbitte is well accustomed to bruising political debate in the rough-and-tumble of Irish politics. However, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources now describes the proposed new public broadcasting charge as the issue that he has ''never got more abuse over''.

The plan involves replacing the current TV licence, which costs €160 and has a high evasion rate, with a new charge applied to households or businesses, for their use of devices -...

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