Fianna Fáil Deputy Declan Breathnach
The lack of an RTE North East correspondent is "unacceptable", according to Louth TD Declan Breathnach.
The Fianna Fáil Deputy has hit out at the fact that the national broadcaster has no dedicated correspondent for the region, ever since journalist Richard Dowling left to become RTE's Political Assignments Editor.
In a Dáil briefing held on Tuesday, Breathnach queried the on-going absence of a regional correspondent for the area.
"RTE gave a briefing to Oireachtas Members on changes they are proposing in relation to their reporting of Oireachtas affairs. I asked whether there were any plans to provide a Correspondent for the North East who have been without representation from our National Broadcaster for some time now," he said.
"I was advised that they will be meeting next week to discuss this issue."
"RTE have had a regional office for the North East in the Regional Development Centre on the DKIT Campus since 2013, but that office has remained unoccupied since Richard Dowling became head of RTE’s political unit."
“It is unacceptable to be left without a Correspondent reporting from our region, when we are paying our licence fees like every other area of the Country.”
Currently, RTE has a number of regional correspondents covering the Midlands, West, Mid-West, North-West, South and South-East - but not the North East, which includes two of the biggest towns in Ireland in Dundalk and Drogheda.