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Fitzpatrick calls on government to reinstate local Oireachtas reports

Fitzpatrick calls on government to reinstate local Oireachtas reports

Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has called on the government to reinstate local Oireachtas reports in the local media.

Last week in the Dáil the Independent TD raised the matter of the communications regulation Bill.

Speaking on the issue Deputy Fitzpatrick said: “The local Oireachtas reports provided to South East Radio in Wexford, LMFM Radio in Louth, Northern Sound in Cavan and Monaghan and Galway Bay FM ended on 3rd April last. The print services, which Tom Ryan provides to 17 regional newspapers, ceased in mid-March. The services have been running since 2010.”

Fitzpatrick went on to say: “A lot of my constituents have relied on these local media services to provide them with information. The reports compile a summary of contributions made by Deputies and Senators and inform people of the work being done by elected Members in Leinster House on any given day. Radio listenership reached 500,000 and 200,000 people read the reports.

“It has been said that the cost of the services does not provide value for money. If value for money is the issue, what about Oireachtas TV, on which €3 million a year or €60,000 a week is spent?

“The audience of Oireachtas TV is between 10,000 and 15,000 on sitting days and only 200 on non-sitting days.

“I strongly feel that the government needs to reassess the situation. Local Media reports have provided vital services to local people who are concerned with local matters being raised for them in the Dáil,” said Fitzpatrick.

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