Taoiseach criticises recommendations of report into reforming TV licence fee

The Taoiseach has criticised the recommendations of a report into reforming the TV licence fee.

An Oireachtas Committee said that the Revenue Commissioners should be given the power to collect the fee to avoid high evasion rates.

It is estimated €40m is lost to public service broadcasting each year because of evasion.

But Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says people need to think about what they want to fund.

He said: "The report recommends a different way to collect the TV licence in such a way which would require people who don't have a television to pay the TV licence.

"We have to bear in mind here when we talk about public funding we are talking about taxpayers money, people's money.

"We have to consider whether people want to spend more money funding media organisations or whether they would prefer that money spent on other things, perhaps their kid's education, perhaps healthcare, perhaps disability."

- Digital Desk

Related Articles

Woman arrested and detained in Mountjoy in case of mistaken identity tells her story

More in this Section

Master of the Rotunda wants €40m extension built to counter outbreaks of infection

Peter McVerry Trust warns mortgage sales to vulture funds will increase homeless numbers

Sides meet again after 'constructive' talks in Ryanair dispute

Dublin's Lord Mayor apologises for parking in cycle lane to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony

Today's Stories

Paralysedman was attacked as he slept in camper


New father’s life ‘changed forever’ after he was run over by surgeon

More From The Irish Examiner