The Sunday Business Post reports that RTÉ do not think they will make a saving of €8million euro or anything close to it upon the move of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to the National Concert Hall (NCH) next year. However, the independent report from Helen Boaden and Mediatique commissioned by RTÉ begs to differ. The report details a partnership with the government and RTÉ in the running and funding of the NSO as an independent organisation (or part of the the NCH). The Boaden report outlined seven options open to RTÉ and the government, with the government agreeing to move the NSO to the NCH in 2021, however it looks like they will not partner with RTÉ as report suggested it should.
The Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, will gain €20million in annual funding following Catherine Martin\'s (Minister for Media) decision to move the Irish National Symphony Orchestra to the National Concert Hall. Last year RTÉ benefited from the return of TG4\'s portion of the License Fee, which was worth €4.5m in 2018, followed by a €10m increase in funding at the end of 2019 for 2020. RTÉ have yet to go on record in relation to the increase in funding over the last 3 years, only to say it look forward to supporting a smooth and successful transition from RTÉ of the NSO. Meanwhile, Irish Language public service broadcaster, TG4, thank the government for an increase in their public funding of €3.5m in Budget 2021.
The Irish government have announce their budget for 2021. The budget was announced by the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Micheal McGrath. Outline the budget the Minister for Finance said that it was for both the possibility of a hard Brexit and the COVID crisis. The Minister for Expenditure followed by calling for a green economy. Sinn Fein\'s Spokeperson said that the budget did not provide certainty for the public. Labour\'s Ged Nash said hat the budget did little to address the problems in the health system. The Social Democrat\'s Roisin Shorthall concurred that certainty has not been provided to people.