The country's largest illegal station Radio Nova is forced to close as clampdown on pirates begins.

As promised in the Dáil by the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Jim Mitchell, action is being taken to close down Ireland’s illegal radio stations. 

Officials from the Department of Posts and Telegraphs (P&T) called to the Radio Nova studios at 19 Herbert Street in Dublin and requested the keys to its transmitter base in Rathfarnham. Managing Director of Nova Chris Carey cooperated fully but claimed he had no former notification of the warrant.

Nova say they pulled the plug in Rathfarnham themselves when they got word from the city studios of the warrant to seize their equipment, which they say is worth around one million pounds. This includes a mast and a 50 kilowatt transmitter, both new units to great increase their range.

There were no attempts to prevent the Department of Posts and Telegraphs technicians from seizing the equipment from Radio Nova's Rathfarnham station but An Garda Síochána were on duty at the scene. A spokesperson said,

Prosecution would follow and similar actions would be taken with other illegal stations shortly.

The maximum fine under present legislation is £50 for a first offence and £100 for a second and subsequent offences.

Nova claim 60 full-time employees will lose their jobs with the sudden closure. Chris Carey said he would have been willing to close the station if he had been given formal notification by the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and adequate time to wind up operations in  a professional manner.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 May 1983. The reporter is Mary Fanning.