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# Catherine Martin

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November 2023
'We should tread carefully': Donohoe urges caution on suggestion of Revenue collecting TV licence
It was reported today that Media Minister Catherine Martin is in favour of abolishing the TV licence fee and replacing it with direct taxpayer funding for RTÉ.
'I think it is only right' that no-one in RTÉ should earn more than DG, media minister says
Cost savings plans at the organisation include a salary cap of €250,000.
October 2023
National Archives building closed to the public until next week due to damage caused by a leak
The leak was first detected early this morning and the emergency control plans were activated immediately.
'Trust has been shattered': Catherine Martin says RTÉ must change to secure funding
Martin was speaking at the Green Party’s annual convention yesterday.
All Irish citizens in Gaza accounted for, as efforts continue to get them out, minister says
There are around 35 to 40 people with Irish citizenship or dual citizenship in Gaza, as well as their dependents.
Minister wanted 1% betting tax hike in Budget 2024 - but was shot down for second year in a row
A levy of 2% applies to all bets placed in Ireland.
Minister wanted 1% betting tax hike in Budget 2024 - but was shot down for second year in a row
A levy of 2% applies to all bets placed in Ireland.
Media Minister: 'It will be RTÉ’s call on compulsory redundancies, not the governments'
Media Minister Catherine Martin came before the Media Committee today to answer questions on RTÉ and longer-term funding of public broadcasting.
Expanded probe into setting up of RTÉ's barter account requested by expert group
Media Minister Catherine Martin is to appear before an Oireachtas committee today.
This year
Catherin Martin: President Higgins 'absolutely entitled' to his opinion on UN
While criticising countries who have not achieved global sustainability goals, Higgins claimed the UN was “falling”.
RTÉ seeks €34.5m in additional funding with €21m licence fee shortfall also expected, confirms minister
Government is yet to sign off on what interim funding it will provide the national broadcaster.
Public tell TDs 'enough is enough' as they say they won't renew TV licences amid RTÉ controversy
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Media Minister Catherine Martin has been contacted almost 100 times about TV licence since scandal broke in June.
Minister Catherine Martin receives second Grant Thornton report on payments to Tubridy
The first report had found that RTÉ underdeclared presenter Ryan Tubridy’s earnings.
Nearly 15,000 court summonses for failure to pay for a TV licence were issued last year
Nearly 10,000 cases appeared before the courts.
Late night venues to get grant worth €70,000 to help them reduce noise
The €2m scheme has been introduced ahead of late licensing reforms.
Number of TV licences issued drops by thousands in wake of RTÉ pay scandal
The latest figures released this afternoon show that 8,922 TV licences were issued last week compared to 12,981 in 2022.
Martin could seek stricter rules on ads for products that could be harmful for climate
The Media Minister said “we need strong regulatory rules on sponsorship and product placement”.
Taoiseach says he will keep paying his TV license fee and the public should too
TD Paul Murphy is predicting large numbers of angry viewers will refuse to pay the license fee.
RTÉ’s incoming director general says plans to reconstitute exec board will begin 'on Monday'
Kevin Bakhurst said trust in RTÉ has been ‘severely diminished’ and that it’s been ‘painful to watch’ the ‘highly damaging few weeks for RTÉ’.
Government to foot the bill for review into RTÉ governance following Tubridy pay scandal
Minister Catherine Martin said that “you cannot put a price” on the good that having a transparent public broadcaster does for society.
More than 70% of people don't believe trust in RTÉ can be restored following pay controversy
75% of those surveyed by Amárach for today’s Irish Mail on Sunday said that Ryan Tubridy should have corrected the record himself.
Arts Minister announces external review into governance and culture at RTÉ
The chair of the RTÉ Board said that RTÉ management would work closely with the review so that confidence in RTÉ could be restored.
Minister made aware in March about RTÉ irregularities, but didn't know it involved Ryan Tubridy
The minister said in the last few days she was told it involved an RTÉ presenter.
Dublin City Council planning to refurbish buildings to create dozens of new artist spaces
Artists have raised concerns in recent years that they’re losing their studios due to commercial development.
RTÉ confirms Ryan Tubridy earned €345k more over six years than previously disclosed
Tubridy said he was “surprised” at the RTÉ pay revelations but “can’t shed any light” on what went wrong
Tubridy's earnings were understated by €345,000 since 2017.
The presenter has said he's surprised by the revelations and 'can't shed any light' on what went wrong
Catherine Martin backs proposal for poet laureate to be appointed to Oireachtas
The proposal to appoint a parliamentary poet laureate was put forward by Fine Gael TD David Stanton.
Government launches pilot scheme for museums hosting late night events
Museums and galleries can apply for up to €10,000 in funding to host late night events this year.
Minister: 'Not appropriate' to engage with GAA or RTÉ over GAAGO controversy
The Sport and Media Minister said that it was a commercial decision for two independent organisations.
Minister says it's 'not appropriate' for her to engage with GAA or RTÉ over GAAGO controversy
The Sport and Media Minister said that it was a commercial decision for two independent organisations.
Government publishes programme of events for final year of Decade of Centenaries
The Department of the Taoiseach is developing a programme for a formal ceremony remembering everyone who lost their lives in the Civil War.
Plan to bring 12,000 short-term lets back into rental market delayed by EU Commission decision
The legislation required cannot be enacted until the end of the year.
President hails ‘remarkable year’ for Irish film as An Irish Goodbye and Richard Baneham triumph
President Higgins said success at this year’s Oscars is ‘testament to the hard work of so many people over recent decades’.
NBC top execs warned Martin and Varadkar that Ireland could miss out on big movie productions
Movie executives urged Martin and Varadkar to review movie-making tax treatment, as culture minister makes case for €100m tax cap.
Grooming children into a life of crime to carry penalty of five years in prison under new law
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the new Bill.
Last year
Cabinet approves new short-term let register aimed at bringing 12,000 properties back into use
Property owners face fines of €300 if they advertise their property without a valid registration number.
Records of compensation claims during War of Independence and Civil War to be released
Minister Catherine Martin said the collection ‘brings home the true reality of the human cost of those turbulent times’.
The Green Party convention takes place in Athlone - and it has a decision to make on housing
Housing will be the main issue of the next election – the Green Party should know this.
€5 million allocated to digitise and publish 1926 Census data by 2026
The 1926 Census was the first census undertaken following the foundation of the state.
Cabinet approve Ireland's bid to co-host Euro 2028
A final bid will take place in spring, Minister Michael McGrath said.
Over 400 pubs, cafes and cultural venues to receive State funding to support night-time events
€4m in funding is being awarded to some well-known venues as well as organisations in rural Ireland.