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Pictured: Judges, Declan Hughes, Lisa McInerney and Lucy Caldwell.

After receiving close to 2,700 entries, judging is underway in the RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 in honour of Francis MacManus. Successful shortlisted writers will be announced in September.

Writers had until Friday 7th May to submit their short story to the competition, which is currently being shortlisted by this year’s judges, writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell.

A shortlist of ten stories will be announced in September, and the top prize-winners will be announced on an Arena special programme on RTÉ Radio 1 some weeks later. All 10 stories will be produced for radio, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors, including Ingrid Craigie, Ali White, Kathy Rose O’Brien, Ronan Leahy and Aaron Monaghan.

Series producer Sarah Binchy says: “Once again, we’ve had a very positive response to the competition. It aims to discover some of the best new Irish fiction writing for radio each year and we have received some wonderful stories from talented writers across the country, and beyond. Thanks to all of you who took time to send us your stories. It’s now over to our esteemed judges who have the difficult task of selecting their shortlist of 10, which we’ll announce in September.”  

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each, and all 10 shortlisted stories will be published on and broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.

Set up in 1986 to honour writer and broadcaster Francis MacManus, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launch pad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. Past winners and shortlisted writers include Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Anthony Glavin, Chris Binchy, Nuala O’Connor, Liz Nugent, Colin Walsh, Stephen Walsh and Sarah Gilmartin.

To find out more about the competition, to read and listen to past winning stories, and to look out for news of the shortlist, see

About the RTÉ Short Story Competition

A competition for original short stories for radio was first established in 1986 in memory of Francis MacManus (1909-1965), the Kilkenny-born novelist, biographer and former Head of Talks and Features at Radio Éireann. Every year, the shortlisted stories are broadcast in a series of new writing on RTÉ Radio1.

The RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus is produced by Sarah Binchy.

For competition rules, information on how to enter, and to read and listen to past winning stories, see


Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and various anthologies. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award. Her third, The Rules of Revelation, has just been published.

Declan Hughes

Declan Hughes is a novelist and playwright. His first novel in the acclaimed Ed Loy series, The Wrong Kind of Blood, won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel; his most recent novel is All The Things You Are. Co-founder and former artistic director of Rough Magic theatre company, his plays include I Can’t Get Started, Digging For Fire and Shiver. He teaches creative writing at UCD and is Literature Adviser to the Arts Council.

Lucy Caldwell  

Lucy Caldwell is the author of two collections of short stories, three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and is the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019).  Her short stories have been widely broadcast and anthologised and her work has won many awards, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Her latest collection, Intimacies, has just been published by Faber.

RTÉ Sport scores best seat yet for Olympics coverage across TV, radio & online

  • Over 270 hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage on RTÉ2 alone
  • 408 hours of live coverage across RTÉ Sport website & RTE News app
RTÉ Sport has announced Olympic Games coverage across TV, radio and online today.

Tokyo 2020 marks the first time RTÉ secures a coveted seat of reporting from inside the Olympic Games venue which will be overlooking the rainbow bridge, while previous Games reporting took place from a nearby studio location.

Live Olympic action begins on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player from 1:30 am on 23rd July as the Irish rowers take to the water with the Olympics Opening Ceremony following from 11:30 am.

RTÉ Sport is geared up to report on the largest-ever Irish Olympic team of 116 Team Ireland athletes including Kellie Harrington, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Paul O’Donovan & Fintan McCarthy, Annalise Murphy, Thomas Barr, Mark English, Phil Healy and many, many more.

Group Head of RTÉ Sport, Declan McBennett, said: “The Tokyo Olympics present unprecedented logistical challenges but the Games remain a massive global celebration of skill, spirit and endeavour. RTÉ will as always reflect the uniquely Irish story of the games and showcase the largest ever Irish Olympic team to compete. We wish them only the very best as they represent the nation with pride.”

On RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

RTÉ2 will be the home of Tokyo 2020 on television this year with all of the content also available to viewers in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Player.

  • Beginning early each morning Jacqui Hurley and Clare McNamara will take us through the events of Tokyo 2020: Through The Night programme overnight reporting live from Tokyo.
  • From 9 am, each day Peter Collins presents coverage from day’s live-action during the Tokyo 2020: Daytime programme.
  • From 7 pm, Darragh Maloney will also then take over to present the key highlights following the day’s live-action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games each day.

270 hours of coverage will be aired across TV alone (simulcast between RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player).

Tokyo 2020 on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will feature a stellar array of expertise on panels across all Olympic sports including athletics, swimming, boxing, rowing, badminton, rugby sevens and will report home the Irish story.

Panelists include Derval O’Rourke, Sonia O’Sullivan, Rob Heffernan and David Gillick (in Tokyo) in Athletics, Andrew Bree, Gráinne Murphy, Barry Murphy and Earl McCarthy in Swimming, Andy Lee, Kenneth Egan and Eric Donovan in Boxing as well as Gillian Pinder (Hockey), Claire Lambe (Rowing), Ciara Peelo (Sailing), Brian Nugent (Cycling), Chloe Magee (Badminton), Louise Galvin (Rugby Sevens), Tim McCarthy (Basketball) among a host of others.

RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM & Raidió na Gaeltachta

RTÉ Radio 1 will have updates and reports throughout the day starting on Morning Ireland providing a comprehensive catch-up on all the events you may have missed throughout the night as well as the live event action reporting in real-time from RTE’s very own dedicated radio studio in the Tokyo Olympic Broadcast Centre. This will continue to link to any medal events that happen throughout the day on Claire Byrne; the News At One; The Ray D’Arcy Show and Drivetime.

RTÉ 2FM Game On will wrap up the day’s news, reports and action from the heart of the Games.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s head of sport, Gearóidín Nic an Iomaire is in Tokyo, and she will be reporting from there throughout the Games, bringing RnaG listeners daily updates, as well as live coverage of events of interest.

At weekends, significant events will be broadcast live in the morning programme schedule. Both Saturday and Sunday Sport will have comprehensive coverage along with their usual GAA Championship action and all the other sport.

Television News Olympic Sport will be presented live from Tokyo each evening.

RTÉ Online

Stick with RTÉ Online and the RTÉ News app for all of the up-to-the-minute action from Tokyo 2020. With 24-hour a day coverage, the results and reactions from all the Irish athletes on each day will be published as it happens, while live blogs will keep you up to date on all the action from the Games through the night.

With athlete profiles, exclusive video interviews and analysis from RTÉ’s team of pundits, as well as the breaking news from Japan, RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app is your dedicated Tokyo 2020 Olympics website.

The RTÉ Sport Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts will have exclusive content and video, including interviews with Irish athletes.


– Undercover filming reveals extensive, open drug dealing, in broad daylight, as school children pass by.

“The level of open drug dealing we have here just would not be tolerated in other more advantaged communities in this country. There would be an outcry, and something would be done about it” – Andrew Montague, Former Lord Mayor

– Almost 10% of the Drug Unit Gardaí in the country are based in North Dublin Area but community in Ballymun feels intimidated.

Watch Prime Time tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player

In a special report tonight, RTÉ Investigates will broadcast undercover filming of the steep rise in open drug dealing in one community in the capital, where crack cocaine use is on the increase. RTÉ Prime Time’s Fran McNulty has over several weeks, delved into the drug addiction problems, that continue to beset Ballymun in Dublin.

New figures published today show that cocaine, in powder form and the more potent crack cocaine in rock form are a growing problem across the country. The latest Health Research Board statistics spell out the reality of crack cocaine use today in Ireland.

Dr Anne Marie Carew, Research Officer for the Health Research Board, told RTÉ Investigates that between 2014 – 2020, there has been a 400% increase in the numbers seeking treatment for crack cocaine addiction, from a low base of approximately 84 cases seven years ago. These figures only reflect those users who come forward for treatment, so the real scale of the problem is suspected to be much worse. The Health Research Board describe the crack problem in Ballymun as “acute” by comparison to other areas in the capital.

80% of those seeking help who use crack live in Dublin. Ballymun is the community with the highest level of people with opiate addiction in the country, 10 times the national average, making it ripe ground for this destructive drug. Drug dealers capitalised on that vulnerability, targeting people with crack cocaine. The intense high from crack cocaine lasts only seconds. The craving for more, leads some people to smoke heroin. The heroin mellows them, so they can feel the next hit even better. A rock of crack costs €20 and a bag of heroin costs €15.

RTÉ Investigates have been monitoring several locations where drugs are openly sold on the streets, in full glare of the public.

One such location is close to a senior citizen housing complex in Ballymun, where dealers have set up shop, with multiple escape routes available.

To see how big a problem drug dealing was at the location, RTÉ Investigates secretly filmed there over five days last month. Viewers tonight will see how on the first day alone, undercover cameras filmed over 42 potential drug deals in just a four-hour afternoon period.

Tonight’s programme shows young children regularly passing by as open drug dealing happens. In the 15 minutes it took for children to pass by the location, as they made their way home from primary school, RTÉ Investigates recorded at least nine deals, taking place in front of some of those children. The footage also shows a young toddler standing beside a woman who is asking a dealer for heroin.

Tonight’s programme raises several questions including why dealers are being allowed sell drugs openly in broad daylight in multiple locations across Ballymun. The programme will also examine how social deprivation and poverty is proven to increase the risk of drug addiction for young people. As well as speaking to users of crack cocaine it will also feature a unique programme which aims to break the cycle of addiction in the area by intervening in families early, in some cases even before children are born.

In a statement An Garda Síochana said, there are currently 31 members of the Gardaí assigned to the to the Divisional Drugs Unit in the North Dublin Area, almost 10% of the Drug Unit Gardaí in the country. They also point out that they do not have any blanket or general powers of stop and search.

“The level of open drug dealing we have here just would not be tolerated in other communities, in more advantaged communities in this country. There would be an outcry, and something would be done about it.” – Andrew Montague Former Lord Mayor & Author Brighter Futures.

RTÉ Investigates – Crack and the Community is presented by Fran McNulty and produced and directed by Janet Traynor.

Watch Prime Time, tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player



To view the 2020 Annual Report, fully optimised in HTML, in Irish and English, see

RTÉ is today releasing its Annual Report and Group Consolidated Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31st December 2020.

RTÉ Annual Report 2020, in summary:

  • Total revenue (TV Licence/Commercial) declined by €11m between 2019 and 2020 (€342.1 V €331.1), following a modest increase year-on-year in 2019
  • Operating costs (before Special Events) were significantly reduced in 2020, by €28.5m (€333.7 V €305.2)
  • There was a decline in commercial revenue by €11.3m to €134.5m due to market contractions relating to the pandemic and changes in media consumption habits
  • Licence fee income received by RTÉ in 2020 was just €0.4 million higher than 2019, despite an increase of €10 million in the amount received from the DEASP in respect of ‘free’ television licences, which was a part reversal of the public funding cuts made since 2010*
  • Owing to reduced operating costs and reduced costs for Special Events, the Net Surplus after tax and Exceptional Items for the year was €7.9m (2019 -€7.2m).

You can access the full Financial Review at

The Annual Report also highlights RTÉ’s many achievements in 2020, including:

  • RTÉ Player saw a 36% growth in viewing in 2020, with 67.5m streams.
  • 90% of Irish people chose RTÉ as their primary source of information on the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • RTÉ Supporting the Arts partnered with more than 100 local, national and community arts events in 2020.
  • The RTÉ Guide bumper Christmas issue continued to be an Irish publishing phenomenon, with almost 271,000 copies sold.
  • 1.4 million people tuned in to RTÉ Does Comic Relief, with over €5.5 million raised.
  • RTÉ grew its total weekly radio listeners to over 2 million in 2020, representing 51% of the adult 15+ population.
  • Almost 4 million individuals or 90% of the Irish TV population tuned in to RTÉ’s television services in the early stages of the pandemic (2 March–17 May 2020).

To read more about RTÉ’s achievements in 2020 see

In addition:

  • Thousands joined with RTÉ to #ShineALight in 2020.
  • Children (and parents) flocked to RTÉ’s Home School Hub.
  • 1.7 million people watched The Late Late Toy Show on RTÉ platforms.
  • The Illuminations art project fostered solidarity and built resilience.

Dee Forbes, Director-General RTÉ, said: “The public in Ireland turned to RTÉ in huge numbers in 2020, and placed huge trust in us during what was a very challenging year for everyone. It is at the heart of our public purpose to reflect Irish life, and Irish lives: when the nation came together in 2020, RTÉ was there. While the pandemic resulted in declines in commercial income, it also saw reductions in our operating costs, due to the deferral of a wide range of sporting events (many of which will return in 2021), of programme productions, and from new ways of working. This in turn meant that in 2020, RTÉ delivered a surplus. But the longer-term funding issues for public service media remain acute, and urgent. For RTÉ, the achievements of 2020 will fuel the drive to ensure that the funding of public media is put on a firm footing. Future generations deserve a strong, independent Irish voice.” 

Read the Director-General’s Review here:

Moya Doherty, Chair of the RTÉ Board, commented: “The pandemic encouraged RTÉ to examine its operating structures and to design new and crisis-efficient modes of delivery. With the backing of the Board, RTÉ continued in its plan to stabilise the organisation’s finances in 2020, and we continued to assess RTÉ’s remit, seeking to maintain the best possible portfolio of services and content for audiences in Ireland in the context of declining funding and revenues. This thinking contributed to a renewed and more urgent conversation about public service media. The arguments for the sustenance, protection and patronage of public media took on a real-time and real-world resonance as a result of the pandemic.”

Moya Doherty continued: “2020 was the year when empathy and connection emerged once more as defining elements and differentiators for public service media. Our audiences showed us, perhaps more clearly than ever, what they value and what they need from their national broadcaster. We will continue to evolve and adapt to meet that need, and will build stronger once the crisis has passed to ensure that our long patience as a nation has its just reward.” 

Read the Chair’s Review here:

To view the 2020 Annual Report, fully optimised in HTML, in Irish and English, see, where you may also download the full report, and access additional information:

– Financial Review:

– What We Made in 2020:

– What We Did in 2020: 

– What We Won in 2020:

– Statistical Information:


*The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is responsible for the collection of licence fee monies from An Post and from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in respect of ‘free’ television licences.


Sunday’s nail-biting conclusion to RTÉ’s coverage of UEFA EURO 2020 drew an average of 938,000 viewers on RTÉ2 as Italy edged-out England on penalties in the final.

A share of 56% of those watching television at the time were tuned-in to RTÉ2 with 279,000 streams delivered on RTÉ Player. Sunday’s final peaked at 1.1 Million viewers at 22.52 last night. Across pre-match, live and post-analysis the final had a total 1-min reach of 1.6 million.

UEFA EURO 2020 was another huge success for RTÉ.  On RTÉ2 the live games saw an average of 308k & 32.9% share across 46 different games, with final round group games running concurrently on RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player/RTÉ News Channel.

Group Head of Sport, RTÉ Declan McBennett said: “Summer tournaments are always special in their ability to unite the generations into a mass audience sharing a collective experience, and EURO 2020 was no different. RTÉ Sport continues to bring the very best of live sport both domestically and internationally to our audience and we now look forward to similar moments that unify us all across the GAA Championship, the Olympics and the Paralympics.

RTÉ Sport has provided extensive free-to-air coverage of the whole tournament and audiences at home had the opportunity to get right to the heart of the action, along with highlight programmes, nothing went unseen for fans. Last night Darragh Maloney was joined live in studio by Liam Brady, Damien Duff and Didi Hamann, with commentators George Hamilton and Ronnie Whelan in Wembley Stadium.

RTÉ Player had a record-breaking UEFA Euro 2020 performance with over 2.6 million streams across the tournament, up 30% on Euro 2016.

The final between England and Italy was the most popular game online with almost 280,000 streams and breaking the RTÉ Player record for most concurrent devices streaming. The clash between England and Italy had more than double the volume of streams than the most watched game of Euro 2016.

Despite the Republic of Ireland side not playing in the finals this time, it didn’t stop Irish online audiences devouring 1.7 million hours of soccer in June.

RTÉ Sport will continue with extensive free-to-air offerings right throughout the summer.  We will have unrivalled coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, beginning on July 23, followed by the summer Paralympics beginning on August 24. We will bring the most up-to-date Team Ireland news across television, radio and online and follow our inspiring athletes as well as many of the big international names in the world of sport.

Tomorrow night sees Ireland take on France in Cardiff in the U20’s Six Nations.  RTÉ2 begins with the build up at 4.30 pm.  Racing from the Curragh will be shown on RTÉ One this coming Saturday.

Kerry will face Westmeath in Croke Park for the The Joe McDonagh Cup final which will air on RTÉ2 on Saturday.  The GAA Championship continues to build pace also with the Leinster Hurling Final between rivals Dublin and Kilkenny the same evening.  Both Ulster Football Semi-Finals will take place across the weekend followed by the much-anticipated Munster Hurling Final between neighbours Limerick and Tipperary on The Sunday Game Live.

Create the Future with RTÉ Sport this Summer.  Follow the established and emerging sporting stars of the future across all RTÉ platforms for all the sporting excitement still to come.

RTÉ television:

The top 5 games on TV were as follows, with England factoring heavily:



Match (Home Team v Away Team)

Average Audience (000s)

Share (%)



Italy v England





England v Denmark





Italy v Spain




Group Stage

England v Scotland




Round of 16

France v Switzerland



RTÉ Player – Top 5 live-streamed matches 

  1. Final England v Italy (11th July) 279,000
  2. Semi-final England v Denmark (7th July) 193,000
  3. Semi-final Italy v Spain (6th July) 158,000
  4. R16 England v Germany (29th June) 113,000
  5. R16 France v Switzerland (28th June) 95,000

The public has its say about RTÉ 

Views of public will guide what RTÉ will do over the years ahead 

  • Almost 10,000 people shared their views in February and March 2021 
  • Strong public mandate that will inform what RTÉ does in the future 
  • Strong public support for wide range of public service programming and content
  • See the results in detail and watch our promo at or

Almost 10,000 members of the public have responded to RTÉ’s invitation to say what they think about RTÉ through its ‘Have your say’ campaign. 

In February and March 2021, through an independent survey, and following a national ‘Have Your Say’ media campaign, members of the public were invited to give their views on RTÉ and what they want from it, whether they regularly consume RTÉ’s television, radio or online services, or not. These views will guide what RTÉ will do over the years ahead. 

Under the Broadcasting Act (2009), RTÉ is required to consult with the public and prepare a Public Service Statement every five years. This statement sets out the principles to be observed and activities to be undertaken by RTÉ in order to fulfil its public service remit. This year’s consultation received the largest ever response to a media consultation with the Irish public. 

The anonymous survey was conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) on behalf of RTÉ and all members of the public were invited to give their opinions. 

What the public told us. 

About RTÉ programming and content  

  • 89% say it is important that RTÉ produces a mix of programmes and content. 
  • 89% agree audiences should have access to a broad range of high-quality content that is from Ireland. 
  • 91% say it is important RTÉ provides programmes and content that cover a wide range of interests. 
  • 92% say it is important to provide coverage of events of national interest across culture, sport, politics and other areas.  
  • 87% also say it is important that RTÉ provides archive material documenting the heritage and everyday life of Ireland, which should be accessible in all formats (video, audio, and written). 

About what’s important to people  

In general, there is strong support for all public service principles RTÉ follows:  

  • Being independent from political, commercial and other influences 
  • Acting in the best interest of society 
  • Being for everyone and available to everyone (universality) 
  • Striving for excellence 
  • Providing a platform for Ireland’s creative talent and culture 
  • Supporting innovation and creativity 
  • Promoting Ireland’s diversity and culture 
  • Being accountable to the public and stakeholders 


Independence and accountability: 94% say it is important that RTÉ is independent from political, commercial and other influences; this is the number one principle (same as 2015). Being accountable is the second most important principle for the public (91%). In terms of accountability, 96% want RTÉ to provide the opportunity for public feedback and complaints and the same number want RTÉ to ensure it is managed in line with best practice. 

High quality news: 97% say it’s important that RTÉ provides high quality national and international news and current affairs that is accurate, fair, impartial and objective. RTÉ must also make autonomous editorial decisions and 96% say it is important that RTÉ hold those in positions of authority to account. 

Debate: 92% say it is important for RTÉ to facilitate debate on views and ideas that contribute to a democratic society. 

Access: 94% say it is important that RTÉ ensures people with disabilities can access RTÉ programming and services, while 92% say it is important that RTÉ content and services are as accessible as possible to everyone. 

Diversity: 74% say it’s important that RTÉ creates content that reflects the diversity that exists in Ireland. 

According to the survey, the public also wants RTÉ to entertain them and make them laugh, to provide quality documentaries that get that nation talking and to provide a platform for Ireland’s artists, musicians, and culture. 

According to Dee Forbes: “We’d like to thank almost 10,000 members of the public for sharing your views with us. These views will play an important part in shaping what RTÉ, as your public service media, does in the years ahead, as part of our ongoing commitment to meeting your needs.  

While the survey provides much food for thought, it is encouraging to see that the public supports RTÉ as an independent, strong, and accountable public service media that informs, engages, and entertains a wide range of audiences through our programming and our services. We do not take this support for granted. We will now further explore this valuable feedback as we develop RTÉ’s Public Service Statement in the coming months and plot our path for the future.” 

For more information and to read the report in full, visit 


About RTÉ’s Public Service Statement 

Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, RTÉ is required to prepare a Public Service Statement every five years, and this must be informed by a public consultation. This Statement is to explain to the public the principles RTÉ will observe and activities it will undertake to deliver its public service remit. 

In 2021, this process involved two exercises: a public consultation survey was complemented by a nationally representative quantitative survey, with the same core questionnaire administered to both survey samples.   

The primary objective of this research is to inform RTÉ’s next PSS via gathering statistically reliable and valid data regarding:  

  • RTÉ’s purpose and principles, such as independence and accountability.  
  • RTÉ’s content remit such as genre expectations, and the experience and impact it has on people. 
  • RTÉ’s universality remit, exploring areas such as diversity, Irish language, and Irish abroad. 

About the survey. 

This survey was conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A), Ireland’s largest independent market research company, on behalf of RTÉ. Personal information was not collected by or provided to RTÉ, further to B&A’s privacy policy. Findings could not be linked back to participants personally in any way. RTÉ only sees aggregated and anonymous survey results. B&A is a trusted provider to RTÉ and further information, including their privacy policy, is available at 

About the survey methodology 

In designing the public consultation, RTÉ’s objectives were for it to be as open and inclusive as possible, to collect the views of as many members of the public as possible. The consultation was supported by a national media campaign letting the public know it was happening and inviting them to take part and ‘Have your say’: details on this are included in the next section. 

The consultation methodology involved two exercises, where an self-select open-invitation public consultation survey was complemented by a nationally representative quantitative survey. This effective and efficient approach aligns with best-practice and Government’s national guidelines on undertaking public consultations. 

The same core questionnaire was administered to both survey samples, using the same methodology (in this instance, a CAWI approach). The national benchmark survey was conducted via the B&A Acumen Panel, amongst a representative sample of 1,000+ adults aged 18 years+, and an online approach was also applied to the open-invitation public consultation. There were 9,826 responses to the open public consultation survey. 

To maximise the accessibility of the consultation to all individuals and groups in the country, the online survey was available in both the Irish and English language, was tested for ease of use with visibility impairment software and was available as a paper copy for those without online access. 

The public consultation was live for five weeks during the period 15 February to 21 March 2021. The survey was hosted at a dedicated landing page on, available in Irish and English: and 

Next steps 

RTÉ is considering the public consultation findings. These findings will inform RTÉ’s next Public Service Statement which is like a charter or mandate from the public, RTÉ’s audience. This statement will guide what RTÉ will do over the years ahead and will feed into the organisation’s longer-term strategy. 

When a draft statement has been approved by the RTÉ Board later in 2021, it will then go to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media for her approval, subject to consultation with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. When RTÉ’s statement has been given Ministerial consent, it will be published on alongside these consultation findings. 


The celebrated RTÉ series Documentary on One – now in its 35th season – returns for a new run this week with another line-up of intriguing and compelling stories for audiences of all interests and ages. Conveniently available via podcast each Thursday morning, or live on RTÉ Radio 1 each Sunday evening at 6pm, these compelling tales, expertly weaved together by the Documentary on One team, cover topics from history to sport, culture to politics, murder to mystery.

Kicking off the season is Crossing the Line this Sunday 11 July at 6pm on RTÉ Radio 1 and available on podcast this Thursday via the DocOnOne podcast feed. In May 1981 the Irish rugby team were forced to sneak out of the country, but just a few months later they were national heroes. This is the story of Ireland’s tour of South Africa at the height of apartheid that split the team and split the nation and somehow led the side to glory. With contributors including Tony Ward, Gerry McLoughlin, and Errol Tobias, Crossing the Line is produced by David Coughlan & Donal O’Herlihy.

On Sunday 18 July, The Life and Living Lady tells the tale of how the world-famous psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who came up with the famous 5 stages of grief model, came to own a little house in rural county Louth.  Chris Nikkel unravels Elisabeth’s fascinating life story and her relationship with Ireland.

The Lost Millionaire – airing Sunday 25 July – looks at the story of an American millionaire who goes missing from a Donegal island. Did he die? Or, did he fake his death to avoid impending scandal?

The series continues through summer into autumn, with further highlights of the 2021 season to include stories on the War of Independence, a lifesaving rescue, a multiple historical homicide, and more extraordinary true-life tales from Ireland and beyond.

RTÉ Documentary on One is available via podcast every Thursday morning, or on RTÉ Radio 1 in a new, later timeslot of Sunday evenings on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6pm.

Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1, said: ‘The Documentary on One is beginning its 35th season in the Radio 1 schedule. During that time it has informed and entertained, it has retold old stories and unearthed new ones. The Documentary on One is very much part of Irish life and has reflected its diversity. The 2021 offering builds on that heritage.


RTÉ 2FM continues Music and Audio Production Diploma Scholarship at BIMM Institute Dublin

BIMM Institute Dublin is excited to announce the fourth RTÉ 2FM Music and Audio Production Scholarship. This scholarship is part of BIMM’s commitment to continue supporting and shaping the Irish music scene through market-leading courses, unrivalled connections, and innovative scholarships and with some of the industry’s biggest brands.

Thanks to RTÉ 2FM, this scholarship will offer one lucky student the opportunity to study our year-long Music and Audio Production Foundation Diploma course free of charge. If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your inquiry to before 5pm, 9 August 2021.

“Here in BIMM, we are delighted to continue working with Ireland’s biggest supporter of new Irish music,” says Alan Cullivan, College Principal at BIMM Institute Dublin. “RTÉ 2FM gives such amazing support to new Irish artists, it’s a very easy relationship and we are extremely excited for the future, and most importantly, for the scholarship recipient to get such great support.”

Adam Fogarty, Head of Music at RTÉ 2FM, echoes the excitement about our two organisations once again coming together to support the next generation of Irish music. “RTÉ 2FM is once again delighted to partner with BIMM Institute Dublin for The RTÉ 2FM Music and Audio Production Scholarship,’’ he says.

Adam continues: “Supporting Irish artists and collaborating with the wider Irish music industry is important to RTÉ 2FM and its place within the Irish music scene. Through this scholarship, we hope the lucky applicant can develop their skill set to grow their career in music and contribute positively to the Irish music scene.”

2020’s Scholarship winner Oisin Murray spoke about the day he learned he had won and how the scholarship has helped him: “I got the call from BIMM and didn’t even consider that it was about me winning the scholarship. I was really surprised and delighted. Receiving this scholarship is such an encouraging boost. I’m now more driven than ever to learn everything I can about producing great quality music’. Since finishing the course, my knowledge around microphones, professional mixing and loads of other areas of audio has been bolstered significantly. I have learnt so much and met a bunch of cool people who make great music, and I’ve even managed to collaborate with some of them since.”

Why choose our Foundation Diploma in Music and Audio Production?

This part-time course serves as a fundamental introduction to Music and Audio Production. It’s designed to provide you with the core knowledge, technical and creative skills needed for a range of creative industries, such as music production, audio engineering, broadcast, audio for games, corporate audio, post-production, audio system installation and pro-audio sales.

Course Leader Stephen O’Brien explains that the classes are very practical and focus on experiential learning. “Students are tasked with simulating real scenarios,” he says. “Alongside recording bands, they run a live broadcast, overdubbing, and syncing dialogue on adverts, creating a 3-minute VOX pop radio interview and field recordings. The students also assist in recording all the BIMM singles in the studio under the guidance of a producer and this provides great networking opportunities.”

You’ll be taught by a highly skilled team of established music industry professionals and be surrounded by high-tech, cutting-edge facilities. All our course lecturers are currently working in the industry and include Mastering Engineer Fergal Davis (Muse, Sinead O’Connor, Ben Folds), Producer Engineer Stephen O’Brien (Hal, Cathay Davey, RTE Junior, Disney), amongst others. For specific topics, there are also guest lecturers, such as Ber Quinn (Divine Comedy, The Villagers, John Grant) for live sound.

Speaking on his experience of winning the scholarship and experience of the course, Nabil Jamal (2018 Scholarship Winner) said: “It was a great honour to be the recipient of the first ever 2fm scholarship. My year at BIMM was great. I really felt like I fitted in. Being surrounded by fellow musicians who are all eager to answer and ask the same questions that I had was fantastic. As well as getting to know my craft in more detail, I also made and found some great friends. BIMM is a perfect environment for any musician. I was also able to perform my first single, Dog Wit A Bone in front of my friends and fellow students at the end of term gig which was one of my favourite moments.”

How to apply to the Scholarship:

  • Please request an application form by emailing the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team at or call +353 1 5133 666
  • Return the completed application form via email to before 5pm Monday, 9th of August,2021.
  • Once you have applied, we will contact you with details of the interview. You will receive at least 10 days’ notice of your scheduled interview time.
  • Bring along any relevant material to your interview that demonstrates your experience in music and audio production.
  • International applicants are welcome to apply. All scholarship interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Want to come and join us at BIMM Institute Dublin? Enquire now and start your life in music or contact the team at


Providing a European perspective – public service media offer an innovative news sharing model across the continent

RTÉ today becomes one of ten public service broadcasters set to change the way in which Europeans consume news by using cutting-edge online tools to share diverse content from across the continent.

A European Perspective is a new collaborative news service that enables audiences to access trusted content from other countries through a curated online feed from their national provider in their own languages. Led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the new service launches today, 1 July 2021.

Organisations will now display the dedicated feed on their homepages, including, or within an individual article, offering a European perspective in public service news coverage. The ten public media organisations are able to select and publish each other’s content through a bespoke digital news hub that uses artificial intelligence technology to translate the reports into multiple languages.

Access to these stories will help European citizens contextualise current topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and migration, and better understand how neighbouring EU countries are tackling these challenges.

Through this initiative, EBU Members from Ireland (RTÉ), Belgium (RTBF), Finland (YLE), France (France Télévisions), Germany (BR/ARD), Italy (RAI), Portugal (RTP), Spain (RTVE) and Switzerland (SWI as well as ARTE, the Franco-German broadcaster, will offer their online readers access to stories that explore the many facets of the European identity.

For example, a visitor to website will be able to see an English translation of a news story that has been published by the Finnish public broadcaster, YLE. Readers in Portugal will be able to find out how the Irish, Spanish and Italian governments have responded to the news regarding COVID-19 vaccinations – all in a language that they understand.

James McNamara: Digital Editor, RTÉ News said: “This is a really exciting addition to RTÉ’s digital output at the same time as online audiences have grown significantly during the pandemic. This groundbreaking collaboration will help readers gain a greater understanding of events and developments across the continent, offering EU citizens an important and different perspective on the world around them. Not only will it further strengthen the power of public service media in Europe, it will also offer a window on the decision making and storytelling in the ten participating newsrooms, enhancing the quality of all our journalism.”

Eric Scherer, Director of Innovation and International Affairs at France TV, commented, “After 60 years of successful video news exchanges between EBU Members, it was time to do the same for digital news items while using the latest digital technologies for our respective online services. We will now be able to fully leverage the power and scale of our vast international network anchored in a new internal Eurovision content-sharing platform where public service media have the same values and news ethics. This is a crucial step for our newsrooms.”

A European Perspective has been made possible through a grant from the European Commission’s Multimedia Actions programme. It is co-funded by the EBU.

Debates on RTÉ: Dublin Bay South by-election

RTÉ’s approach to the debates for the Dublin Bay South by-election is outlined in this document.

RTÉ adheres to the public health/COVID-19 guidelines in planning these debates, in particular with regard to studio facilities and to the number of participants.



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