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What we’ve ended up with after 16 years is a tendering process in which there is just a single bidder which has no experience at all of building this kind of infrastructure. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Fans of the Game of Thrones novels will understand my plight. They have been waiting year after year since 2011 for George RR Martin to publish t(...)

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: the success of her tenure is predicated on something beyond her control – Government policy.

It’s the summer lull before the repeats die down, new shows launch, old ones return and the holiday fill-ins come off air. At RTÉ’s campus in Donnybro(...)

RTÉ says that since 2009, the number of ‘no TV’ homes has grown by more than 200 per cent, resulting in ‘lost’ funding of €24 million.

Introduce household media charge The plan examined by two former Labour communications ministers, Pat Rabbitte then Alex White, still makes sense to (...)

Naoise Nunn: “I’m delighted to bring the ethos and the fun of Leviathan to the Library of Progress at Body&Soul later this month.”

The Time of My Life is a weekly column about a moment that changed someone’s life – for the better or the worse The venue was the Hub on Dublin’s Eus(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness takes the stand at the Charleton Tribunal on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness is expected to give evidence on Monday at the Charleton Tribunal that he was told by the then Garda Commissioner Martin(...)

Licence fee reform takes even longer than the dramatic pauses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, made for RTÉ by Shinawil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Not for the first time, the Dáil has been talking about the future funding of public service broadcasting, which according to Minister for Communicati(...)

 Independent Mattie McGrath was among those to contribute as the Dáil debated the latest developments in the broadband plan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Can’t wait to see Katherine Zappone’s frock when she hits the red carpet at the Ifta awards. Hollywood Boulevard meets Dawson Street. It’ll be wall-t(...)

Those thousands awaiting rural broadband will anxiously be watching for Denis Naughten’s “Plan B”. Photograph: iStock

Eir’s departure from the National Broadband Plan (NBP) has left the process hanging by a thread. We now have one bidder in what’s supposed to be a com(...)

The ambition of Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is to provide “next generation” broadband to all homes and businesss in the State through a combination of commercial and State investment. Photograph: Maxwells.

How much of a Government priority is broadband? When then minister for communications Pat Rabbitte launched the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in 2012(...)

Paschal Donohoe: the “magical mediocrity of sustained average rates of growth” is what enables countries to plan for the future, the Minister for Finance says. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Steady. Unspectacular. Dull. Boring, even. These are the ambitions of Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s young Minister for Finance, as he ponders his steward(...)

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