EU Member States can designate sporting and cultural events as being of major importance to society. Any events so designated should be available on a free-to-air television service.
The Minister undertakes a review of the list of events designated as events of major importance to society every three years.
Order S.I. 99 of 2003 lists the current designated events 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