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Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Postcodes to be introduced for all households in 2015

Seven-character postcodes are to be allocated to every home in the country by 2015. Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has announced the roll-out of the system, which is designed to help emergency, postal, and other service providers to locate households. A consortium headed by Capita Ireland has been awarded the tender to develop, implement and [...]

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A new broadcasting charge will ensure all devices are brought into the loop for fees, rather than just television sets

Broadcasting charge to be introduced in 2015

  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has published proposals to replace the current television licence fee with a public service broadcasting charge. The new charge will apply to every household and will come into effect on 1 January 2015. It will not exceed the current television licence fee of €160. The minister [...]

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Rabbitte rules out TV licence fee increase

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has ruled out any increase in the €160-a-year TV licence fee. RTÉ director general Noel Curran told The Irish Times last Friday that he would like to see the State broadcaster collect a greater proportion of its funding form public sources as it looks to break even by the year [...]

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Rabbitte insists property tax is fair

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said the new Local Property Tax is about as fair as you can get. Letters are being sent to up to homeowners from today by the Revenue Commissioners detailing how the tax should be paid. The letters will contain a valuation on the property which can be disputed by [...]

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Some repossessions are "inevitable" according to Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Government to increase pressure on banks to deal with arrears crisis

  The Government is set to increase pressure on banks to deal with the mortgage arrears crisis. It confirmed it will outline plans this week to set quarterly targets for banks to deal with mortgage arrears on their books. Latest figures show over €17 billion worth of mortgages are in arrears of 90 days or [...]

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Minister Pat Rabbitte

Minister welcomes carbon monoxide campaign

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has welcomed the beginning of a two-week publicity campaign to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Pat Rabbitte said: “I am very pleased to see that good advice on this silent killer is being given to the public in such a high-profile manner. I am [...]

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Minister Pat Rabbitte

Energy research projects approved for commercial buildings

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, has announced the approval of the first two projects as part of the government-supported International Energy Research Centre. Contracts valued at a total of €1 million have been agreed between the International Energy Research Centre and four Higher Education Institutions. The research projects will focus [...]

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91% of people say they don't feel they get value for money for their TV licence fee

Three quarters of people opposed to proposed household broadcasting charge

Just over three quarters of people do not agree with the government’s proposal for a new household broadcasting charge to replace the current TV licence fee. That’s according to 300 respondents to a poll in MyHome.ie’s Friday Feedback. The results of the straw poll found that 76% did not agree with the proposed new charge, [...]

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People are viewing content in a variety of different ways, prompting the idea for the proposed new household broadcasting charge

Proposed household broadcasting charge – the right or wrong way to do things?

It’s a New Year but 20 days into January, householders are still wondering whether it will be a happy one or not. Homeowners around the country were still debating whether or not they should pay the controversial new household charge when news broke this week of a possible new household broadcasting charge. According to the [...]

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Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte

Broadcast charge not an extra tax, insists Rabbitte

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said a new broadcasting charge, if introduced, would not be an additional tax. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Pat Rabbitte said almost every household, with few exemptions, would be liable for the new charge. He said many people were now accessing public service content through other [...]

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