Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Thursday, 3 February 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 597 No. 1

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  111.  Mr. Durkan   Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   his policy in the aftermath of the revised EU television without frontiers directive; if he has a policy in mind for Irish television; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3299/05]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The EU Commission’s review of the television without frontiers directive is ongoing. The Commission has indicated that it might bring forward proposals in relation to a possible revision of the directive towards the end of this year.

  112.  Mr. Durkan   Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   his proposals to offer financial or other support towards the export of Irish produced television [182]programmes or formats; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3300/05]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  My Department does not provide financial or other supports to promote the export of Irish produced television programmes or formats, and I have no plans to introduce such measures. It is a matter for the holders of the rights to such programming or formats to decide how to exploit the use of their rights.


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