Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he has met the director general and chairperson of RTÉ in recent days to discuss funding at the national broadcaster.

He said the Government is "examining" the issue of funding for public service broadcasters and "the whole thing needs to be looked at in the round."

Mr Varadkar was responding to a question from Green Party leader Eamon Ryan about the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) report released earlier this week.

The BAI has recommended that, at a minimum, RTÉ should receive an increase in its annual public funding of €30m.

The authority said that given the urgency of RTÉ's funding position, the increase should be available immediately.

It also recommends an increase of €6m per year in public funding for TG4.

Mr Ryan said the BAI review "raised real alarm saying the organisations have made all the cuts possible in the last five years but now there is strong justification for increased levels of funding and called for immediate additional funding of €30 million for RTÉ and €6 million for TG4. It said the funding currently available was not sufficient to ensure the broadcaster's sustainability."

He added: "We need sustainable broadcasters and media for our democracy and the welfare of our country in a range of different ways. What legislative or other measures do the Government intend taking to provide such funding? Or will the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's report go unanswered?"

Mr Varadkar responded: "The Government is examining the matter. I had the opportunity to meet the chair and DG of RTÉ only in the last couple of days.

"Ultimately though, any money is public money and taxpayers' money, and we have to make sure that it gets used to the best effect and there is a lot to public service broadcasting that is beyond RTÉ. "There is TG4 as well and there are many other news and media organisations that provide public service broadcasting too. So I think the whole thing needs to be looked at in the round."

The BAI review of RTÉ and TG4 concluded that both broadcasters continued to deliver value for Irish audiences.