Radio Tara which broadcasts as Atlantic 252 could be in jeopardy as a High Court ruling has overturned the planning permission fora broadcasting mast in Meath.
Radio Tara, a joint venture between RTÉ and Radio Luxembourg, began broadcasting on 1 September 1989 as Atlantic 252. Controversially at the time, An Bord Pleanála gave planning permission for the Radio Tara/Atlantic 252 long wave radio transmission mast in Clarkstown, County Meath.
In a High Court decision delivered on 31 July 1990, Mr Justice Costello quashed the planning permission for the 900 foot high broadcasting mast. Meath Council Council has since threatened to shut down the station as it says it is broadcasting illegally.
Radio Tara chairman Pat Kenny says the station Atlantic 252 has a 2 million listening audience in Britain and he is anxious for the station to continue broadcasting. He warns that any interference with broadcasting would put the station's future in jeopardy.
There are jobs at stake here and we wouldn’t like to see anything happening over the next few days that would jeopardise the future of Atlantic 252.
Pat Kenny believes that even a short break in broadcasting would lose audiences and necessitate a costly re-launch of the station.
In the light of the High Court ruling, senior executives at Atlantic 252 are understood to be considering their legal position.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 August 1990. The reporter is Una O’Hagen.