Colette Sexton: 'Fiddling while RTÉ burns'

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31st January, 2017
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The public should not be expected to pay a TV licence fee increase to sponsor “irresponsible management” in RTÉ, according to a government minister.

The quote came from John Boland, minister for the public service. The year was 1986, and he was opposing a £5.50 increase in the annual TV licence fee to £62.50 for a colour television and £44.50 for a black-and-white set. (As it happens, the then minister for communications...

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