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Thursday, December 2, 2021

RTÉ paid over €10.4 million in defamation costs since 2010

Since 2010, broadcaster RTÉ has paid over €10.4 million in defamation costs, according to an Oireachtas Committee.

It’s understood that the figure “does not take into account refunds from RTÉ users, which was noted by the Head of Public Affairs at RTÉ Vivienne Flood.

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Sinn Féin TD and Committee chair Brian Stanley said the committee would invite the broadcaster’s Director-General Dee Forbes to appear before it in January while adding that she was unable to attend today.

An update was also issued into an ongoing investigation about the misclassification of approximately 500 RTÉ workers as temporary.

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy said that it was hard to believe that the only documentation that was available was a statement by the Revenue Commissioners accepting a €1.2 million settlement from RTÉ.

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He also agreed with Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy to ask for all relevant documentation.

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy noted that the report was carried out by “Eversheds on behalf of RTÉ” and not by Revenue while adding, “If anybody is to release this, it has to come from RTÉ”.

IMAGE – “MONTROSE TV STUDIOS – DONNYBROOK” by William Murphy CC BY-SA 2.0

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