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Colreavy calls for RTE regional services to be maintained

22 May, 2013 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has called for RTÉ to ensure that regional services are maintained. Speaking at a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications Deputy Colreavy said:

“Regional services are of immense importance to communities outside of the Dublin region. News and current affairs from around the country deserves equal airtime on RTE, and this can only be maintained if RTE keeps open its regional studios.

“My fear in a time of financial cutbacks in RTE, regional services could be targeted in the future. I understand that RTE are relocating some of their regional services, for example to Sligo IT and Dundalk IT. I am confident that this move will retain regional services in the area for the medium term but I also stress the need to ensure their certainty for the long term.

“It is also important that TDs and Senators from outside Dublin receive a fair amount of airtime on RTE. This can only realistically be done if regional studios are made available to them, especially on weekends.

“I have received assurances from the executive of RTE that regionals services are to be maintained despite cutbacks in RTE. There can be no doubt that a public service broadcaster must facilitate and provide a service for all parts of Ireland.”

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