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Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Stephen Donnelly: There is a young woman in Wicklow who has spina bifida and who is in a wheelchair. Her spine is curving as she grows, as a result of her condition. Her wheelchair cushion, therefore, needs to be adapted as her spine curves. I met her mum, who told me that she could not use her wheelchair anymore because her spine had curved to such a degree that she could not use the cushion. It causes...

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Progressing Children's Disability Services: Statements (14 Nov 2019)

Finian McGrath: I am grateful for the opportunity to have this important debate. When I became Minister of State with responsibility for disability services, I made three firm commitments, namely, to reform disability services, invest in those services and, most important, ensure the services are person-centred. It was essential to learn at first hand about the challenges and practical difficulties faced...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Richard Bruton: I thank Members for participating in this important debate. There is absolutely no doubt that public service broadcasting, as we know it, is under pressure and that we must amend the model. RTÉ is making a significant effort in that respect as it has recognised the difficulties it has with audience reach for some of its existing offerings. It is devising a new strategy. It is equally...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Eamon Ryan: Approximately ten years ago I was involved in the drafting of the Broadcasting Act. There was a great awareness then that there was an issue with the television licence fee collection system and the public service broadcasting funding model. Even then, people watching on devices rather than television was an issue, there a significant evasion rate and high collection costs in an incredibly...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate. Once again, I am disappointed that the Minister does not have a written speech. In addition to health, climate change and housing, the future of public service broadcasting is one of the most important topics. It is not a luxury, but an essential part of a functioning, healthy democracy. I expected, at the very least, that the Minister...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this matter. First, as everybody is aware, RTÉ gives a good service throughout the country. I am not fluent but I know a good amount of Irish. I watch TG4 a lot because its coverage, especially on Sundays, of the GAA, rugby and the different fabrics of Irish life is extremely good. Often I would flick over from RTÉ 1 and stay watching TG4 a...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Bernard Durkan: Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan is sharing time.

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I am sharing time with Deputy Connolly. In looking at recent headlines such as, "RTÉ - a broken broadcaster?", "...financial crisis", and ""Transformational change" needed ...", my initial reaction was to ask what was new because the signs had been there for quite some time. Yesterday I attended a presentation in Buswells Hotel by the Nevin Economic Research Institute in which it...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Jan O'Sullivan: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and the Business Committee for facilitating this debate. I called for it last week at the committee. It is really important that we put on the record, as legislators, our views on the announcement by the director general of RTÉ last week, leaked to The Irish Times, as others have said, which was really putting people on the back foot. It is very important...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Richard Boyd Barrett: People Before Profit strongly supports public service broadcasting and believes we need to ensure the maintenance of public service broadcasting. The suggestion that we may not have RTÉ in a few of years because of inadequate funding is very alarming. This is something that we have to prevent from taking place. We need our national public service broadcaster and we need to have a...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Maurice Quinlivan: I want to make a short contribution in the limited time available to me. This discussion has to be about whether we want a public broadcaster and that is a decision we have to make. A public broadcaster does not have to be RTÉ alone; we are all aware of local radio in our communities and local newspapers, which are struggling to keep the doors open. If we are serious about having a...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

James Lawless: I have to start by stating public service broadcasting is a public good that deserves to be publicly funded and protected in the same manner as schools, hospitals, railways, roads and other public services are. RTÉ, however, is not a public good in its own right. The need for public service broadcasting can be and is met in multiple ways, through multiple channels and media. As my...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Aindrias Moynihan: Tá ról an-tábhachtach faoi leith ag RTÉ ó thaobh seirbhísí craoltóireachta poiblí. Tá sé ag freastal ar phobal ollmhór go forleathan i mBéarla agus as Gaolainn. Cuireann sé nuacht, spórt, cláir faisnéise, agus go leor eile ar fáil. Tá fíor-nuacht i gceist leis, i dtréimhse ina bhfuil go...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Niamh Smyth: I raise the issue of RTÉ's strategy for Lyric FM. RTÉ is to close its studio in Limerick in 2020, with productions for Lyric FM to move to Cork and Dublin. The announcement was a severe blow to the mid-west and it was welcome that RTÉ reversed the decision. People in counties Limerick and Clare are proud of Lyric FM, as was shown by the outpouring of support when initial...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

David Cullinane: I welcome the opportunity to have a further debate on public broadcasting. We had one a couple of weeks ago and the Minister might remember that during it I offered to meet him to discuss this important issue. That offer still stands. It would be useful. I genuinely believe that we need to get to a point where there is some sort of political consensus on this issue because we need to...

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (14 Nov 2019)

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (14 Nov 2019)

Bernard Durkan: Before calling on the next speaker, I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Lisa Chambers, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and John Curran - to discuss delays with the roll out of Spinraza since its approval in June; (2) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the...

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Financial Challenges Facing RTÉ and its Revised Strategy 2020-2024: Statements (Resumed) (14 Nov 2019)

Jack Chambers: I am sharing time. The most surprising thing about last week's announcement of the scale of the problems in RTÉ was that the Government was surprised at all. The station has posted seven annual deficits in the last decade. The broadcaster reportedly requested €55 million earlier this year, while the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, BAI, requested an additional €30...

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