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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Minister for Communications

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# Freedom of Information
'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future
The claim was made during appeal against two rulings last year brought by the Information Commissioner.
Richard Bruton told BAI the Communicorp ban was 'antithetical to a free and open press'
The Communications Minister said it was a matter of “grave concern” that some journalists had been banned from radio stations.
# Protest
Protesters gather outside home of Minister for Communications Richard Bruton
Around 10 people demonstrated at the scene this afternoon.
# Shake Up
Mini-reshuffle sees a change for Richard Bruton and two seats for the west at Cabinet
Donegal TD Joe McHugh is to replace Bruton as Minister for Education.
# return of the fitz
Poll: Would you be happy to see Frances Fitzgerald return as a minister?
Frances Fitzgerald could be poised for a dramatic return to Cabinet.
# david mccourt
Taoiseach 'satisfied' with Denis Naughten's account of dinner with Broadband Plan bidder - for now
Naughten has been under pressure after it emerged he attended a dinner with David McCourt in July.
# speedy gonzales
Rural Ireland's dodgy broadband is going to get sorted according to the Communications Minister
You’ll soon be able to read at super quick speeds from all over the country!
# An Post
Rabbitte: Post offices need to innovate to ensure their survival
The Minister was speaking this afternoon in the Dáil, where he stressed that closing post offices is not an aim of government.
# 2fm
Rabbitte: Questions need to be asked about what 2fm is doing
The minister questioned whether the station was doing anything different or better than its competitors.
# hyperbole
"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion
The Government yesterday withdrew an amendment to the FOI Bill which would have seen some charges for requests soar.
# student politics
Which government minister thought he "could change the world" when he had long hair?
Answers on a postcard, please.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the property tax register be used to collect the broadcasting charge?
Pat Rabbitte has indicated that the register could be used for the collection of the tax which will replace the TV licence fee.
# Broadcasting Charge
New legislation could force landlords to hand over tenants' details
Under plans for the new Broadcasting Charge, the Department of Communications is proposing new laws that could oblige property owners to hand over renters’ names.
# Childcare
Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century'
The Transport Minister said earlier this week that women would have to quit their jobs if they earned less than the childcare expenses.
# Broadcasting
Rabbitte plans to introduce public broadcasting charge
Deputy Michael Moynihan said in response that the imposition of a new broadcasting charge must result in a reduction to the current TV licence fee.
# Saorview
Some 100,000 still to make the switch to Saorview with just two weeks to go
With the switchover deadline just 14 days away, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has urged the public not to wait until the last minute.
# Energy
British-Irish electricity interconnector to be opened today
Biggest single piece of energy infrastructure built in Ireland since the Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric project.
# Broadcasting
Pat Rabbitte says people should be prepared to pay for national broadcaster
Rabbitte said RTE faces many challenges as the media environment changes and advertising markets become more crowded.
# Public Order
VIDEO: Pat Rabbitte getting an earful - but 'not from man arrested for it'
Protestor whose tirade at minister in Buswell’s Hotel is caught on this video is NOT the man arrested in relation to the incident, say eyewitnesses.
# Budget
Budget 2013: Minister refuses to rule out income tax increases and welfare cuts
Pat Rabbitte insists the govt hasn’t “engaged” yet on the budget, but he personally wants to sit down for talks “without any red lines”.
RTÉ board pledges reform in 'robust review' with Rabbitte
The broadcaster’s board met with Communications Minister this morning following the BAI’s inquiry into the Mission to Prey programme.
'It's more serious than I suspected' - Rabbitte on BAI report
The Communications Minister has condemned the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme, A Mission to Prey, as “a shoddy, unprofessional, cavalier, and damaging piece of work”.
RTÉ set for €50m deficit in 2012, says minister
The Minister for Communications told Dáil that key restructuring elements must be put in place this year at RTÉ.
# pic of the day
New boy in class pic of the day
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