Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Sound and Vision Scheme boost for local TV and radio producers and broadcasters

€1.66 million allocated for Irish Language programming

€5.9 million funding allocated to 122 radio and TV projects

The latest round of funding under the Sound and Vision Scheme will support radio and TV production in Galway and the West, with over €1.66 million in funding alone for Irish Language programming.

Operated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the ‘Sound and Vision Scheme’ uses part of the TV licence fee to fund high quality programming such as documentaries, dramas, children and young people’s programmes as well as Irish language programmes.

The TV and radio programmes produced through the grant funding are broadcast on national stations such as Connemara-based TG4 and Raidio na Gaeltachta, local radio stations such as Galway Bay fm and community radio stations such as Connemara Community Radio.

I am delighted to see this investment which has many benefits not least supporting local TV and radio production companies as well as local and community broadcasters. Of the €5.9 million total investment €1.66 million has been allocated for Irish language programming which includes dramas and documentaries on TG 4, children’s shows and entertainment shows on RnaG and documentaries on local and community radio stations including Connemara Community Radio.

The importance of this investment from the TV Licence Fee cannot be underestimated and without the funding many of these programmes which record and explore different aspects of our society and our culture would not be made.

Last week the second stage of the Broadcasting Bill started in the Dáil. Among the various provisions of this bill, from Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton are measures to strengthen the Sound and Vision Scheme as well as others to support local journalism and broadcasters. This latest round of funding demonstrates the value of enhancing the Scheme, particularly at such an uncertain time for the broadcasting sector.

Successful Irish Language and Bilingual Projects



Broadcaster Title Category Funding
WLR FM  Muintir na Déise Documentary €21,500
TG 4 Scéalta Grá na hÉireann Documentary  €165,840
RnaG Carthanacht Chlíodhna Entertainment €20,000
Connemara Community Radio Ó Chonamara go dtí an Crimea Documentary €5,450
TG 4 Moya Documentary €89,700
TG 4 Uimhir a Sé (Conradh na Gaeilge HQ) Documentary €67,570
TG 4 Tarrac Drama  €400,000
TG 4 Fanacht Drama €400,000
RnaG Jimín Mháire Thaidhg ar an Raidio Children’s €24,000
Raidio Corca Baiscinn Cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht Education €7,000
Raidio Corca Baiscinn Beatha Teanga í a labhairt Education €5,000
Raidió na Life An Triail Documentary €3,890
TG 4 Age is a Work of Art Documentary €81,875
RnaG Cad a dheafaimís feasta gan adhmad Documentary €11,690
RTE Spoken Stories of Independence Entertainment €42,000
RTE Banríon Sitges – Mary Waugh Lamb Documentary €104,000
TG 4 Ailse and Ise Documentary €101,900
TG 4 Mná na bPíob Documentary €103,000
Highland Radio Night, Night, North West Education  €11,143
Total  €1,665,558