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Sinn Féin to meet OfCom on viewing rights

20 July, 2018 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis and Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile will meet OfCom to voice opposition to the ‘geo-blocking’ of major sports events for viewers in the north. 

Sinead Ennis said:

“We will be raising directly with OfCom the frustration felt by sports fans throughout the north who are blocked from watching major sports events online. 

“I believe there is an onus on sporting organisations and broadcasters to ensure there is equality of access to sports coverage for citizens across the island of Ireland.

“RTÉ have cited that “different IP addresses” are the source of the problem. However, they negotiate deals with Satellite TV stations, they should speak up for the interests of citizens in the north. 

“We will be meeting with OfCom to seek clarity on this matter and to seek a resolution that benefits citizens right across Ireland and that includes the north, because we are Irish citizens too. 

“Sinn Féin recently launched the Fair Play for Ulster Gaels campaign to address inequalities and to pursue an end to the digital partition of Ireland.”

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