RTE gets permission to broadcast inside Leinster House after series of interruptions by bystanders on live TV
Published 09/06/2016 | 10:13
RTE is to be permitted to broadcast live reports in Leinster House following health and safety concerns surrounding the station's political correspondents.
Martina Fitzgerald, who is one of the most prominent reporters with the station, had broadcasts interrupted on three occasions in recent weeks.
One of the incidents happened off camera.
On one occasion, a passer-by walked by while Ms Fitzgerald was broadcasting live and screamed a vulgar obscenity.
The issue was discussed at last night's meeting of the Committee for Procedure and Privileges (CPP).
TDs agreed that in light of the concerns surrounding Ms Fitzgerald's safety, RTE would be permitted to report live from inside Leinster House.
This will take place in two separate locations, one being the area close to the main entrance.
This is separate to the RTE studio within the building which is going out of use during upcoming renovations.
The matter had been raised with the Oireachtas after being discussed at senior level within RTE.