Retain RTE longwave service

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Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney is calling on the new RTE Authority to reverse its decision to withdraw its Longwave 252 kHZ service.

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney is calling on the new RTE Authority to reverse its decision to withdraw its Longwave 252 kHZ service.

Senator Mooney commented, “I have been inundated with emails and phonecalls from people in Northern Ireland and the UK who are extremely angry about RTE’s decision. The move goes against the principles of the Good Friday Agreement, whereby there is an onus on RTE to transmit into Northern Ireland and to the Irish diaspora in the UK.

“There are no technical reasons RTE should shut down this transmitter, which was upgraded to modern standards in 2007 at considerable expense. RTE has not answered the question as to what it will do with it if it shuts it.

“I will be calling on the recently appointed RTE Authority, upon taking office, to immediately reverse this decision.”