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Review of Free to AIR Sporting Events

July 28, 2014

Review of Designated Events & Designation of Major Events

The Deadline for submissions in connection with the above topic has been extended to 15th August.  

 The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is inviting  submissions from members of the public and interested parties on the list of designated events which must be provided “Free to Air” on a LIVE or Deferred basis.

The matter of the GAA arrangements where by  SKY ” Pay to View”  now have rights to a certain number of matches in the Hurling and Football Championships was the subject of a lively debate at our recent Annual Parliament Meeting. Now is the time to take this opportunity to have your voice heard on this matter across all sporting events. You can make a submission by email or in writing see details below. Alternatively you can email your views to

The Minister is required to undertake a review of the list of events designated as events of major importance to society for which the right of a qualifying broadcaster (RTE, TV3, & TG4 i.e. free television service with greater than 90 percent coverage) to provide coverage on a live or deferred basis on television services should be permitted in the public interest. Section 173 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 provides that a review is carried out every three years and submissions on the designated events and the possible designation of additional events are sought.

The events currently designated are listed in the Order dated 13 March 2003 S.I. 99 of 2003 and in short are as follows:


The Summer Olympics

The All-Ireland Senior Inter-County Football & Hurling Finals

Ireland’s home and away qualifying games in the European Football Championship & the FIFA World Cup Tournaments

Ireland’s games in the European Football Championship Finals Tournament and the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament

The opening games, the semi-finals and final of the European Football Championship Finals and the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament

Ireland’s games in the Rugby World Cup Finals Tournament

The Irish Grand National and the Irish Derby

The Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show

Deferred Events 

Ireland’s games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 15th August 2014.

Have you say send a Submissions may be provided either by email to or by hard copy to

Maria Owens, Major Events Coverage, Broadcasting Policy Division, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.

If, following the review, the Minister proposes to add to the list of designated events, he will publish a notice of any additional events that he intends to designate and invite comments on the said list.

Freedom of Information

It should be noted that the Department proposes to publish all material submitted on the Department’s website. Respondents should clearly identify material that is confidential and which may not be published. The provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 shall apply.



May 9, 2014

Owen was a former Executive member and current member of the Standing Orders Committee of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. We shall miss his assistance, sound advice and wonderful sense of humour which always lightened our mood and day. Our heartfelt sympathies to his beloved wife Ita and his loving children Eugene C.M., Margaret, Paul and Kevin, grandchildren, in-laws, relatives and friends.

Reposing at home from 6pm today Friday 9th May with, removal on Saturday morning to the Church of the Visitation of the BVM, Fairview Strand, Fairview arriving for 11.30am Funeral Mass. Burial immediately thereafter in Glasnevin Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to The Sunshine Fund of The Society of St Vincent de Paul or a charity of your choice.

May he rest in peace.  


The Irish Senior Citizens are back in the Blogsphere

April 2, 2014

Today the Minister for Health and the goverenment published the White Paper its on Universal Health Insurance. Its available at

We urge all older people to get a copy or read it online. Its important to all of us. Ensure you have your say let us have your views to email address, info or by post to 90 Fairview Strand Dublin 3.

Mairead Hayes


Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year

December 18, 2013

ISCP Christmas Card 2011



November 25, 2013



The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament notes that the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T.D. on behalf of the government has published the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill (No 2) and that it will be befere Seanad Eireann tomorrow Tuesday 26th November. The Bill will change the  Priority Order for Defined Benefit Schemes as well as granting Trustees of Schemes increased powers to restructure schemes which will greatly impact on those workers who are already on pension. 

 The ISCP and its members are concerned that once again the issue of the


is not being dealt with in this Bill  

 It is worth reiterating that pensioners are former workers who are now in receipt of a benefit for which they and their employer paid during their working lives. Employers asserted that pension payments and sponsorship of pension schemes was a benefit to an employee and was a valid part of remuneration. Membership of schemes was compulsory and all were members, whether active, deferred or members in receipt of pensions

 Prior to the early 1970s pensioners had a right of audience to the Industrial Relations Machinery of the State. Following a successful pensioner case the then Minister for Labour Affairs changed the law the result of whihc is that pensioners have no redress mechanism available to them. When this matter was raised by the ISCP with government the response was   “since pensions in payment could not be reduced there was no need for such access”.

 Mairead Hayes CEO of the ISCP said “this reason is no longer valid as the position has changed dramatically as pensions in payment have been reduced because of the imposition of the Stamp Duty Pension Levy. Now with the introduction of this legislation there is a prospect that they will be further drastically reduced”. Continuing she said “If the government are serious about FAIRNESS + intergenerational Equality then they must start by giving pensioners a right of audience.”

In many schemes Pensioners and or their associations are denied access to Scheme Trustees. This is regrettable at a time when the power of Trustees is being greatly increased. We are concerned that “the option to restructure a scheme”  outside the Double and Single Insolvency process confer powers on Trustees to act in a manner which might not be open and transparent to all of the stakeholders of a scheme. We ask the Minister to ensure that such powers are counterbalances, as a quid pro quo, by the recognition of pensioners active participants in all the processes which affect their scheme.  There must be fairness and transparency for all involved with equal rights to information, accountability up to and including access to the State Industrial Relations Machinery.  



November 14, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our long standing  Executive Member JIM COUSINS.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this sad time.    

Jim will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with him on behalf of older people.

May he rest in peace  


Death of our esteemed Executive Member and Director

November 6, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our esteemed Executive Member and Director Gerry Whyte RIP. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eileen and family. 

Gerry will be sadly missed by all who knew him in the many areas and facets of his active life. 

Our office will be closed on Friday 8th November as a mark of respect.   

May he rest in peace


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