The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for the Diaspora, Joe McHugh T.D., have welcomed the publication of research findings on the current level of listenership to RTÉ Radio Longwave Services amongst the Irish community in Britain.
The findings also indicate that a majority of listeners have a preference for the current analogue version of RTÉ Longwave Services over that available via digital platforms, computers, laptops and smartphones.
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McGinn: RTE LW service is a vital connection to Ireland for the Irish in Britain
Conor McGinn MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, said:
“The All-Ireland Football Final will be a special occasion for emigrants from Mayo and Dublin and indeed for Irish people across the globe.
“In recent years GAA fans have been able to follow games live on satellite television or online wherever they are in the world, but for many older people in Britain the radio is still the only available option. The iconic images of crowds gathering to listen to RTE Radio coverage may be a thing of the past, but the vital connection to Ireland provided by the LW252 service is still very much of the present for the Irish in Britain.
“I hope RTE’s fantastic long wave service continues for a long time in to the future, thus ensuring that those emigrants who gave so much to Ireland over many years in the past can continue to enjoy coverage of the All-Ireland Final on RTE Radio for many years to come.”