The Bauer Media Group, which this week completed the takeover of the Communicorp group in Ireland, has announced the lifting of restrictions relating to contributors from The Irish Times appearing on its radio stations.

In a statement, the company said: "The Bauer Media Audio Ireland executive team has this week reviewed restrictions relating to contributors from The Irish Times appearing on the group's radio stations.

"Effective immediately, a decision has been made to remove any restrictions and Irish Times staff members, columnists and contributors will be welcome to appear on Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM, SPIN, SPIN South West and Off The Ball.

"This decision has been communicated to The Irish Times and we look forward to working with them in to the future."