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Written Answers. - Television Deflector Systems.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 215. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications Information on Michael Lowry Zoom on Michael Lowry  the companies or groups in County Mayo which have applied for licences to operate television deflector systems; and if he will give details in this regard. [17728/96]

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 216. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications Information on Michael Lowry Zoom on Michael Lowry  whether he will grant licences to television deflector groups in County Mayo which have sought such licences based on the principles set out in the High Court judgment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17729/96]

Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications (Mr. Lowry): Information on Michael Lowry Zoom on Michael Lowry I propose to take Questions Nos. 215 and 216 together.

I have received applications from Ballyhaunis Community Multichannel TV and from Mayo Community TV in Balla.

Arising from the High Court judgment in the case taken against me by Carrigaline Community Television, trading as South Coast Community Television, I have put in place a mechanism for the assessment of an application from that company for a licence. I have appointed independent technical consultants, nominated by the European Broadcasting Union, to assist me and I expect that they will be in a position to report to me in the matter by the end of November next.

While the High Court judgment related only to an application from South Coast Community Television I will, of course, have regard to the implications for other deflector systems which may arise from that assessment. The Deputy will appreciate that I cannot give any undertakings in relation to these systems. At this time I have no plans to issue any licences to them and the applicants referred to above have been so informed.


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