The Government has agreed in principle that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra should come within the remit of the National Concert Hall and should not be established as a separate State body.

Discussions will now take place on the implementation of the recommendations of the Boaden review, and an oversight group will be set up to identify and address the issues that will enable the transfer of the NSO from RTÉ to the NCH.

It is also envisaged that there will be a working group involving RTÉ and the National Concert Hall which will include consultation with the employees of both orchestras.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will chair the Oversight Group and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment will also participate.

The RTÉ board has welcomed the Government's decision to accept and support the implementation of the recommendations of the review.

In a statement, it said that In terms of public policy, it brings much needed clarity and certainty.

The board said the move should also ensure the future for the NSO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

The statement added that the Government's decision is the beginning of a period of change for orchestral music in Ireland.

It said that critical to the transition period will be to ensure that audiences continue to enjoy the best orchestral music uninterrupted; that the concerns and interests of RTÉ orchestra staff and musicians are understood and safeguarded; and that the new financial and governance arrangements are both sustainable and robust.

The board said it will ask Director General Dee Forbes and her executive team to engage in the transition process.

The statement said that RTÉ commissioned the Boaden review because it was clear to the broadcaster that, as far as the RTÉ orchestras are concerned, the status quo cannot continue.