RTE Planning Inquiry Held

“And Nation Shall Telephone Itself And Whine Unto…Er…Nation” the inscription over the door of the proposed new RTE centre for 2025 (repeated at 2350 RTE2)

A planning inquiry has opened into RTÉ’s €350 million Project 2025, which involves the gradual replacement of Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan, Maxi and a host of other RTE A-listers at Montrose, in Donnybrook, Dublin.

The State-owned broadcaster is seeking permission for the gradual consolidation of all of its activities across television, radio and online as well as in publishing and the arts, into a new purpose built complex modeled on Joe Duffy’s head to be situated on seven hectares (17 acres) at the northern end of its 13 hectare (32 acre) site.

RTÉ director general Cathal Goan said existing buildings, which permanently house Late Late Show ‘guests for life’ may be opened as a kind of petting zoo.

However, while Director General Cathal Goan told the inquiry this afternoon RTÉ could not afford to forgo the redevelopment, objections have been lodged by local residents. An Taisce has also appealed. The appellants are expected to be heard tomorrow afternoon.

Appeals for a better standard of progammes will not be heard. Ever. Sure aren’t we great craic altogether? Hah? Hah? Are ye up fer de match? Hah? Hah?

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