Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that RTÉ should be able to transmit a dedicated Dáil channel on television.

Mr Ahern said that he had assisted the station with a healthy package of a licence fee for public service broadcasting and that if showing the Oireachtas and its committees was not public service, then he would give up.

He insisted that RTÉ should be able to carry such a channel within the public service remit.

He said compared with 'a lot of tripe that is on TV', the Oireachtas channel would be far better and very interesting.

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