RTÉ has secured the rights to broadcast Ireland’s qualifiers for the 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Cup.

In a deal signed today, RTÉ will broadcast both home and away games across television, radio, online and mobile.

The deal is part of a European Broadcasting Union (EBU) agreement involving 30 countries broadcasting national team matches extensively on free-to-air television in addition to radio and digital platforms.

RTÉ Head of Sport Ryle Nugent said: “RTÉ is proud to be able to secure coverage of our national side in these major international fixtures which guarantees that Irish fans will be able to follow their team’s journey to qualify for these key tournaments free-to-air.”

This new agreement represents a continuous progression from RTÉ’s existing contracts under which RTÉ Sport is the current broadcast rights holders to the Republic of Ireland’s competitive international matches up to, and including the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.