Noel Whelan: State must face down threats from pay TV
Irish channels have every right to charge international cable firms for retransmission
‘International pay-TV companies have made massive monies on the back of free Irish-made content.’ File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
In the midst of parliamentary committee deliberations one occasionally comes across an exchange which encapsulates the stark choices at the centre of policymaking.
I have often been critical here of the pace of lawmaking in the current Dáil and Seanad. It is worth acknowledging, however, that solid work is being done in Oireachtas committees, especially at the pre-legislative stage.