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Tánaiste welcomes introduction of Irish channels on Freeview in Northern Ireland

The Tánaiste has welcomed the inclusion of TG4, RTÉ One and Two and Raidió na Gaeltachta in the channels being made available on Freeview in Northern Ireland, as part of the digital switchover today, (Thursday October 24th, 2012).

The Good Friday Agreement contains a provision for making Irish-language broadcasting more available in Northern Ireland and this step represents a move forwards in the full implementation of the cultural provisions of the Agreement. For the first time these channels will now be available to 94% of the population of Northern Ireland.

“The Good Friday Agreement contains important provisions to promote respect, understanding and tolerance for linguistic diversity. Making TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta as well as the two RTÉ channels available to an audience in Northern Ireland is a welcome step towards fully realising the shared society envisaged by the Agreement. I very much welcome that people on all parts of the island will now be able to enjoy the programmes offered by TG4 and RTE”, the Tánaiste said.