Cookie Policy

We may change this Cookie Policy from time to time. Please check the “Last Updated” legend at the bottom of this page to see when this Cookie Policy was last revised. Any changes in this Cookie Policy will become effective when we make the revised Cookie Policy available on or through the Site.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a Site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: and

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently remembering your preferences, and generally improve your website experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Most Sites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other Sites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

RTÉ Cookies

RTÉ (“RTÉ”/“us”/”our”/”we”) uses first party and third party cookies. We do so in order to make this Site easier to use, to support the provision of information and functionality to you, as well as to provide us with information about how this Site is used so that we can make sure it is as up to date, relevant and error free as we can. We also use cookies to serve ads to visitors of our websites.

A full list of all cookies used on this Site can be found here.

Further information about the types of cookies that are used on this Site is set out below. To the extent any Personal Information is collected through cookies the RTÉ Privacy Policy applies in conjunction with this Cookie Policy.

User Rights

A User may disable cookies using their browser or may use our cookie management tool to manage their choices. Strictly necessary cookies are always on but the User may choose to accept or reject all other types of cookies. However your experience of the website will be affected and certain services cannot be provided without the acceptance of certain cookies. For example some social media content such as Instagram posts, Tweets, Spotify embeds and Soundcloud tracks will not run without the acceptance of the Social Media cookies.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the site, use its features and/or services. We also use a cookie that allows us to track our critical web indicators so that we understand our audience. Any cookies used in this way are first party only in nature and are fully aggregated and anonymous. Without these cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a Site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. Performance Cookies are only used to improve how a Site works.

Functional Cookies

Functional cookies allow this Site to remember choices you make and any customisations you make to Site pages during your visit and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other Sites. More information about such cookies can be found in the relevant third party website.

Targeting Cookies and Third Party Embeds:

This category of cookies is used for targeted advertising and much of our embedded social media content and may be set by our advertising or social partners. These cookies may be used to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising and will not see embedded content such as Tweets, Instagram posts, Spotify embeds or SoundCloud tracks on our site.

Managing your Cookie Preferences

RTÉ allows each visitor to or user of the RTÉ website to manage their cookie Preferences at any time. To manage your preferences, you can either;

  • select the “Manage” button on the Cookie Banner
  • select the cookie icon on the bottom of every page
  • select the cookies link in the page footer

Further Information

You can find more information about cookies by visiting to obtain detailed information on how to prevent cookies from being set on your particular browser.

If you would like to find out more about advertising networks and affiliate programmes and how cookies are used for these purposes, please visit This is an information portal which is run by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade association for digital advertising, and will provide you will all the information you need to know about online behavioural advertising and the choices available to you.

Last updated 5 October 2020