In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on the 21 September 2016 of the proposed acquisition by Virgin Media Ireland Limited of UTV Ireland Limited. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 15 November 2016, that the proposed merger will not negatively affect the plurality of media in the state and as such that it may proceed.
Copies of the letters containing the Minister's determination can be found below:
Minister's Determination to Liberty Global/Virgin Media Ireland
Minister's Determination to UTV Ireland