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Poll: Have you been watching the Paralympic Games?

Ireland are enjoying great success – but many Irish viewers don’t have the TV channels they might need.

Michael McKillop celebrates on the podium after his 1,500m win last night. Only viewers with Setanta or Channel 4 could watch the race live on TV.
Michael McKillop celebrates on the podium after his 1,500m win last night. Only viewers with Setanta or Channel 4 could watch the race live on TV.
Image: John Walton/PA Wire

IRISH ATHLETES have been enjoying tremendous success at the 2012 Paralympic Games – though many have complained about the poor coverage of the games, particularly on free-to-air TV channels.

Labour senator Mary Moran yesterday criticised RTÉ for not showing the games live – the domestic TV rights are owned by Setanta Sports – and for limiting its highlights to a half-hour package often aired late at night.

RTÉ has defended its coverage, saying it’s streaming the games live online and that its highlights shows are delayed by late sporting action. The fact that the games aren’t live on RTÉ TV, however, means those without Setanta or Channel 4 can’t see the games live on telly.

Given that debate – and the fact that the Irish athletes are doing so well – we thought we’d simply ask: Have you been watching the Paralympic Games?


Poll Results:

No, I'm just not interested (637)
Yes, though only the highlights (611)
Yes, live (494)
No, I don't have the right channels (387)




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