The Broadcasting Act 2009 provides that the Minister may designate certain sporting and cultural events of major importance to society in order to make them freely available on national television.
Part 11, sections 160 to 173 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, sets out the statutory provisions that apply to major events television coverage, with section 163 setting out the provisions on consultation in relation to this part of the Act.
On 1st May 2015, the Minister launched a public consultation concerning the possible designation of additional events as events of major importance to society.
Submissions were invited from interested parties on the current list and the possible designation of three additional events:
- Ireland's games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship (currently "free to air" on a deferred basis);
- the All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final; and
- the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final
The events currently designated are listed in the Order dated 13 March 2003 S.I. 99 of 2003 and in short are as follows:
- The Summer Olympics
- The All-Ireland Senior Inter-County Football & Hurling Finals
- Ireland's home and away qualifying games in the European Football Championship & the FIFA World Cup Tournaments
- Ireland's games in the European Football Championship Finals Tournament and the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament
- The opening games, the semi-finals and final of the European Football Championship Finals and the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament
- Ireland's games in the Rugby World Cup Finals Tournament
- The Irish Grand National and the Irish Derby
- The Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show
- Ireland's games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship
The closing date for receipt of submissions was Friday 19th June 2015. The submissions received are currently being considered.
An initial public consultation was held in June 2014 and submissions from members of the public and interested parties on the current list of events were received. These submissions can be viewed below.
Freedom of Information
The Department proposes to publish all material submitted on the Department's website in due course.