Statement by Limerick Local Authorities Manager, Conn Murray

Statement by Limerick Local Authorities Manager, Conn Murray

Friday, 21st September 2012

Limerick Local Authorities Manager Conn Murray has welcomed the announcement that Limerick will remain a key broadcasting and newsgathering hub for RTE under a re-structuring of regional operations announced by the state broadcaster earlier today.

“I warmly welcome the news that the RTE Limerick office and Lyric FM, the national arts and culture station, will continue to play a key role in broadcasting from the heart of Mid-West region,” he said.

“The fact that Limerick, along with Dublin and Cork, are the only three cities retaining their current structures underpins the importance of Limerick as a strategic centre of newsgathering. Limerick is the beating heart of the Mid-West region and the RTE Limerick office is a central part of our infrastructure. Retaining the current structure and the combined staff of 40 sends out an extremely positive message in terms of potential future investment.”

Mr Murray continued:

“Culturally, Limerick is also a very important news area and the strategic location of Lyric FM in the heart of our city will be crucial as we prepare to become the first Irish City of Culture in 2014. Part of the remit of RTE is to provide regional diversity and include a significant range and proportion of indigenous programming made outside the greater Dublin area. While I would like to acknowledge the outstanding reporting of our local RTE news and current affairs team, I would encourage the state broadcaster to consider commissioning more programming from the Mid-West in preparation for our 2014 celebrations.”

Mr Murray also welcomed the announcement that RTE has accepted an invitation to participate with Limerick County VEC in the country’s first secondary school media course at Coláiste Chiaráin, in Croom.

“We already have a well renowned journalism degree course at the University of Limerick and I look forward to many second level students getting their first taste of journalism through this new initiative,” he added.

ENDS

Last update:03/10/2012

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