Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh (Atógáil) - Questions on Promised Legislation (Resumed)
Willie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
I ask the Tánaiste to request his colleague, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Bruton, to approach the RTÉ authority and ask it to delay its decision to close Lyric FM in Limerick. It almost inconceivable that the mid-west of this country, with a population of between 500,000 and 600,000, would be without a permanent presence from RTÉ. Will the Tánaiste ask the Minister, Deputy Bruton, to request that RTÉ at least do a cost benefit analysis, or let us have sight of any cost benefit analysis it has done? I cannot understand how small mythical savings involving job losses from the immediate closure of Lyric FM in Limerick will secure the future of RTÉ.