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Written Answers. - Increase in Licence Fee.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 68. Mr. B. O'Keeffe Information on Batt O'Keeffe Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  if he intends to accede to a request from RTÉ for an increase in licence fees consequent on the establishment of Teilifís na Gaeilge. [14355/96]

Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Mr. M. Higgins): Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins Deputies will be aware that the television licence fee was increased by £8 with effect from 1 September 1996, the first increase since 1986. Licence fee revenue net of collection costs is paid to RTÉ by way of grant-in-aid for the general purposes of broadcasting. It is not earmarked for any specific purpose such as Teilifís na Gaeilge and it will be a matter for the RTÉ Authority to decide how the additional income resulting from the increase in licence fees is to be used.


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