A delegation of presenters and producers from Lyric FM have made a presentation to TDs and Senators at Leinster House as part of their campaign to keep the classical music radio station in Limerick.
RTÉ recently announced that Lyric FM is to close its home base in Limerick and that production of the station's output will be divided between RTÉ locations in Dublin and Cork beginning next year.
Staff at the station have been involved in a campaign lobbying for the station to remain at its Limerick base where staff have their homes and families.
They say a division of its production could damage the work of the classical station, which has built up a loyal audience of listeners and supporters over the past 20 years since its foundation in 1999.
TDs and Senators met Lyric personnel yesterday and offered support for their efforts to keep the station broadcasting from Limerick.
Clare-based TDs Fianna Fáil's Timmy Dooley and Independent TD Michael Harty called on RTÉ to rethink the decision.
Mr Dooley said the proposed move of the Lyric operation from the midwest made no sense and that RTÉ needed to rethink the proposal.
Mr Harty said it was imperative to keep Lyric in Limerick where it is part of regional development, community engagement, and the University of Limerick's academic excellence.
Limerick City Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan thanked Lyric staff for their presentation.
She said there was 100% support across the political spectrum for Lyric to stay in Limerick and the fight to retain it there goes on.
Lyric FM Producer Eoin O'Kelly said the station engaged with up to 20 TDs and senators during their visit to Leinster House.
He said all members expressed their complete opposition to the idea of a nationally funded institution now well established in Limerick being moved out of a region back to Dublin.
He said it sent out the completely wrong message about decentralisation and the commitment given to balanced regional development outlined in the Government's 2040 National Planning Framework.
Meanwhile, the campaign slogan 'Keep Lyric in Limerick' has reached New York where the Irish Chamber Orchestra is currently on a tour of the US.
The ICO, which is based at the University of Limerick and which is a supporter of Lyric FM, tweeted a video from outside Carnegie Hall where it is currently performing, holding posters and chanting 'Keep Lyric in Limerick'.
@ICOrchestra All the way from New York! #keeplyricinlimerick @culture_ireland @AllianceAM @artscouncil_ie @RTElyricfm @deeforbes_dee @SheilaDegan @Eeebee1 @LimeTreeTheatre @JanOSullivanTD @SenatorMaria @doherty_moya @LimerickArts @josephamadigan pic.twitter.com/jStSfvzBsg— Irish Chamber Orch (@ICOrchestra) November 20, 2019