Billy Lawless gave a great speech in the Dáil yesterday about the importance of longwave to the Irish in Britain. He is a very strong supporter, and we are grateful for his work.
In an encouraging response, Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh also spoke positively of the continuing need for longwave, noting that he was well aware of its importance:
"While any decision on the future of long wave services in Britain is ultimately an operational matter for RTE, it can..., as a result of the study, now be informed by awareness of the role that the service plays in preserving and enhancing links with Ireland and keeping our people in Britain informed of important events and developments, such as the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the Irish Government’s position."
He added that the consultative group involving RTE and representatives of the Irish in Britain would meet next week:
"A meeting of the consultative group will take place in London next week in order to discuss the next steps, explore possible ways forward In the context of maintaining the link with audiences in Britain, and of keeping the Irish community involved in decision-making. I am hopeful that a positive outcome can be achieved." (Irish Times)