Kilkenny Labour Party Councillor Seán Ó hArgáin has launched a National online petition calling on the Director General of RTÉ and the Head of RTÉ Radio One to rescind the decision to remove the arts programme ‘Rattlebag’ from the Radio One schedule. The petition can be found on Cllr. Ó hArgáin’s website, www.ohargain.com, and he has contacted arts organisations throughout the country to support the demand for the retention of the programme.“I believe this decision is one of the most short-sighted RTÉ have made in recent years. As a loyal listener to the programme since its inception, I am outraged that RTÉ can so flippantly remove a programme with a huge listenership, and one which has played a vital role in the promotion of the arts, and indeed has created vital criticism of and discussion of the arts in Ireland."I am not opposed to the change in the National broadcaster’s line-up, but it should not impact on major programme’s which are central to RTÉ’s role as a public broadcaster. I also welcome the concern of the Arts Council on this issue, and I note their intention to meet with RTÉ management in this regard.”Cllr. Ó hArgáin called on the public to support the petition and to ensure the continuation of Rattlebag into the future.
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