Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Committee on Public Petitions

Decisions on Public Petitions Received

1:30 pm

Photo of Eugene MurphyEugene Murphy (Roscommon-Galway, Fianna Fail)
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If it is in order to do so, I second the proposal made by Senator Jerry Buttimer. It would be a good idea to have the director general of RTÉ come to the joint committee for a further discussion on the matter. The two orchestras have been part of our culture and heritage for 60 or 70 years. Like Senator Jerry Buttimer, I have often appeared on "The Late Debate" and heard the orchestras practising while waiting. I believe it calmed us down. As the orchestras are very much part of the culture of Ireland, the issue warrants a debate. We should, therefore, invite the director general of RTÉ to come to the committee for a further discussion on it. Personally, I would not like to see the demise of the orchestras.