The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, T.D., today (September 10th, 2020) announced the setting up of an Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce. Martin has put RTÉ\'s former Executive Director of Radio to lead the Taskforce. Clare Duignan has held key leadership roles at RTÉ for over 20 years, and since leaving the broadcaster has been a member of the Board of The Irish Times, The Chester Beatty, Fáilte Irleand, Business to Arts and Ireland Reaching Out. The composition of the taskforce will be announce in the coming days.
The Six Nations Rugby have announced an end to the postponed Six Nations Championship, following the decision of the World Rugby Council on the 30th of July. The Championship will resume on the 24th of October in Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Ireland will face Italy. That is then followed on Halloween by Wales V Scotland, Italy V England and finally France V Ireland in the Stade de France. \r\n\r\n
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and An Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, has announced a number of job stimulus packages for the media, tourism, culture and sport industries. Irish Tourism will benefit from both the extension of the Temporary Wage Support Scheme (TWSS) and the Employment Wage Support Scheme (EWSS), while a new €10million Performance and Production Support package will support the culture sector. €2m will be provide to the BAI\'s Sound and Vision Fund along with €3m for TV Drama to be administered by Screen Ireland. €2.5m will be provided to the sports sector to help support the re-opening of swimming pools. Údarás na Gaeltachta will receive an additional €8million to support building works.
The All Ireland Football clash against Dublin and Kerry ended in a Draw and drew a significant high audience for the end of the summer and RTÉ2 with 801,000 adult viewers. Top the top ten chart. This was follow by post match anaysis getting 637,000 viewers. The Rose of Tralee also brought in viewers for RTÉ One as the Autumn Seasons start. It had 472,000 adult viewers for its final night, taking up 3 of the top slots.
RTÉ2 coverage of the All Ireland Hurling Final was watching by 699,000 viewers, on Sunday. Coverage of the game took up three of the top 5 places with Post Match analysis getting 497,000 viewers, RTÉ ONE's Up For The Match was watched by 277,000 viewers. Reeling In The Years took 3rd and 4th place with 287,000 and 286,000 viewers respectively. Virgin Media one's Coronation Street got into tenth place with 218,000 viewers, it's coverage of the UEFA Super Cup, (Chelsea V Liverpool) came in 8th place with 234,000 viewers, RTÉ2's coverage of the All Ireland Camogie semi-final had 101,000 viewers.
Eir Sport (formerly Setanta Sport) and Virgin Media (formerly UPC) have announced that Eir Sport is to return to Virgin Media platforms. Virgin Media Sport will also be made available to Eir customers in the deal. Under the agreement, Virgin Media Sport will be available to eir customers as part of the eir sport pack, and in turn, eir sport will be available to Virgin Media TV customers. This comes as the eir sports pack lost BT sports following a deal with Sky.