Ritchie expresses concern over RTE bureau closure decision

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Friday, April 27th, 2012
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has urged the British Government to support the retention of RTÉ’s London bureau. Ms Ritchie has signed an Early Day Motion at Westminster on the issue and is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons All Party Irish Group in Britain. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said: “The RTÉ London bureau has provided a sterling service to Irish viewers in keeping them informed about British economic, political and cultural life while promoting increasingly close relations between Britain and Ireland and people on these islands. It has also played a role in contributing to the peaceful resolution of conflict over the years and the threat of its closure is, particularly, of great concern to the Irish community in Britain.” “I am calling on the British Government to support the case for retention of the Bureau and assist in the search for alternatives to closure. The SDLP believes that on-the-spot access for Irish-based media and engagement in public life is vital to fulfil the vision of future British Irish relations as set out by the Prime Minister and Irish Taoiseach in their statement of 12 March,” she added.
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