Newry MLA to meet RTE over GAA coverage

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Monday, July 9th, 2018
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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty is set to meet with senior representatives of RTE over concerns about coverage in Northern Ireland. 

McNulty, a member of the Armagh All Ireland winning GAA team from 2002, explained, “RTE is our national broadcaster and at this time of year, in the thick of the GAA Championship season, many homes tune into RTE every weekend for game coverage and of course the Sunday Game. 



“However, people are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of coverage of GAA games available, especially those involving Ulster teams. 

“In addition to this, there are constant problems with breaks in service, and of course the fact that viewers in the north cannot access online services through the RTE Player App because we are treated as “International Viewers” and just last week the Sunday Game wasn’t available through Sky. This is not acceptable from our national broadcaster.

“There are other issues around the lack of GAA coverage in general and that includes from BBC Northern Ireland. This is an issue I intend to raise with all parties involved, including the GAA, BBC Northern Ireland and RTE,” he continued.



“GAA games are reaching out to new audiences now, including former First Minister Arlene Foster. It was great to see Mrs Foster in Clones for the Ulster Final and the reception she received from the GAA family was warm and welcoming, as we knew it would be. 

“But if we are to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of our games, then we need to see more coverage on both RTE and BBC.  

“In the coming days I will meet with Richard Waghorn, Director of Transformation and Technology and Aisling McCabe, Director of Strategic Platforms & Partnerships.



“I will raise all these issues, and hope to make real progress.  For me it’s very simple, RTE is our national broadcaster and it doesn’t matter if you’re in Dundalk or Dorsey the service should be the same,” the local MLA added.



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