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Government dodges row on household TV charge

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Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

NEW IDEA’: Minister for Communications Alex White has parked talk of a household broadcasting charge
NEW IDEA’: Minister for Communications Alex White has parked talk of a household broadcasting charge

It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry listening to Irish Government ministers kick for touch.

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Laughter was in order last week as Labour's Alex White parked talk of a household broadcasting charge until after the General Election.

But tears seemed appropriate when he was caught in the crossfire between RTE and its competitors on where the annual TV licence fee should go. No politician wants to offend either local radio or RTE.

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