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Ladies football and camogie finals to be added to free-to-air list

Communications Minister Denis Naughten says the two finals are “events of major importance to Irish society”.

Kilkenny celebrate after the game Kilkenny players celebrate after their All Ireland camogie victory in Croke Park on 11 September Tommy Dickson / INPHO Tommy Dickson / INPHO / INPHO

THE ALL IRELAND senior ladies football and camogie finals have today been designated as free-to-air events, meaning the viewing public is guaranteed to be able to access them on free-to-access television.

Communications Minister Denis Naughten has today made the announcement which will see the events join a list of sporting events which anyone can access.

That list of events, which has been in existence since 2003, includes the Summer Olympics, Irish games at the Rugby World Cup, the soccer World Cup and European Championships and their qualifiers, and the intercounty GAA senior hurling and football finals each September.

The annual Six Nations rugby tournament is also included on the list on a deferred basis.

The list is reviewed periodically every three years. The current review process began in October 2015.

18/7/2013 Dail Goes On Summer Holidays Denis Naughten Laura Hutton / Laura Hutton / /

“I am adding the All Ireland senior ladies football and camogie finals to the free-to-air designation list and I am proud to do so,” independent TD Naughten said.

While the designation guarantees that these events can continue to be made available on free-to-air television, it also confirms that they are of special resonance and have a distinct cultural importance for the people of Ireland.

At present the camogie finals are shown on RTÉ with the ladies football finals shown on TG4.

This year’s ladies senior football All Ireland takes place today in Croke Park between Dublin and Cork at 4pm.

Kilkenny emerged victorious in this year’s camogie decider, defeating Cork on 11 September.

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