The Government has asked RTÉ to defer its decision to move Lyric FM from its offices in Limerick. 

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said any decision to move the radio station should be deferred pending the outcome of a new Commission on the Future of Irish Public Service Broadcasting.

This afternoon the broadcaster's director general, Dee Forbes, said RTÉ had not yet agreed to defer moving Lyric FM from Limerick.

The Commission is due to report by September of next year.

Mr Varadkar added: "As part of this decision Government has given the view that RTÉ should not proceed with the part-sale of its Donnybrook site until full consideration is given to a greenfield option."

Earlier, Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said the new commission will consider how to best deliver and fund public service broadcasting into the future.

Following the submission by RTÉ of its revised strategy to government, the Government is to provide an additional €10 million funding to broadcasting, with approximately €9m going to RTÉ to implement its new plan.

The funding will come from the Department of Social Protection, in respect of free TV licences and will be provided in the 2020 revised estimates.

The provision of this additional funding will be accompanied by new reporting requirements including a structured reporting template which will also see monthly meetings between RTÉ and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment working with NewERA.

RTÉ welcomed the decision to form a Commission on the Future of Public Service Broadcasting.

The broadcaster said central to the Commission's work must be the reform of the TV Licence system.

In a statement, RTÉ said that while it welcomed the continued reversal of cuts made to the subvention for free TV licences its situation remained grave.

Ms Forbes and other executives from the broadcaster are appearing before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications this afternoon.

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She told the committee that a delay in transition from a licence fee to a media charge of close to seven years is "completely untenable" for the organisation.

Responding to today's announcement, the National Union of Journalists called on the Government to broaden the remit of the proposed commission to include all media.

In a statement, NUJ Irish Secretary, Séamus Dooley, said a commission limited to public service broadcasting would be a "missed opportunity for a strategic review of all aspects of the media in Ireland".

Mr Dooley said while the NUJ welcomed increased funding for RTÉ, successive governments had failed in their obligations to RTÉ, adding that there could be no more kicking the can down the road safely past the next election date.