Irish Language at the Heart of New Broadcasting Authority Vision

Irish Language at the Heart of New Broadcasting Authority Vision

Conradh na Gaeilge welcome the prominent presence of the Irish language in a new vision laid out by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, based on the outcomes of a series of consultations, which was published on the 28th of October 2018.

Conradh na Gaeilge met with the Broadcasting Authority earlier this year to discuss the issues surrounding current commitments to the Irish language from those licensed by the BAI, on both television and radio.  It was also recommended that an FM licence should be made available for a national chart radio station for young audiences.|

Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge:“We are glad that Irish has been included in the new vision of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and that some of the key recommendations made by Conradh na Gaeilge have been take on board.  We look forward to seeing the Irish language represented on the radio and television better, with definite goals and due dates set down in the new BAI Irish language strategy which is to be put together as a consequence of the new vision of the BAI.”

Conradh na Gaeilge argued also that a licence to provide a national Irish language youth radio station should be provided in the future by the BAI. Raidió Rí-Rá have also been calling for the provision of such a licence.  According to the recent report detailing the new vision for the BAI, a new station could broadcast on a regional basis – this recommendation reflects Raidió Rí-Rá’s development plan for the station in the future.

Niamh Ní Chróinín, Manager, Raidió Rí-Rá:“At the moment, there is no Irish language station for young people broadcasting full-time on FM at a national level – there is a huge gap in the market.  Raidió Rí-Rá have an incredible team and a schedule ready to be broadcast on FM across the country. Although it is stated in the report that there are currently no frequencies available for a new national radio service, we believe that Raidió Rí-Rá could be successfully broadcast on various frequencies across the country.  We are seeking Government support to achieve this goal as soon as possible.”

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