Sinn Féin’s TV licence reform bill branded a ‘stunt’ to distract from immigration policies

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of Labour said the licence fee ‘amnesty’ has come while Sinn Féin is under pressure over its decision to travel to the White House

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Labour Party TD, said Sinn Féin’s motion is not ‘the way to do politics’. Picture: Leah Farrell

Sinn Féin’s motion proposing a TV licence fee “amnesty” has been labelled as a “stunt” to distract from other issues.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Labour party TD, said that he believed it was a “subtle nod” that indicated it was acceptable not to pay the TV licence fee.

Sinn Féin is to table a Dáil motion on Tuesday that proposes reforming the TV licence fee model by scrapping the €160-a-year charge and introducing an amnesty ...