RTÉ has announced that it is to retain its regional operations in Limerick city despite re-deployment of resources elsewhere in the country.
The national broadcaster has also announced that it has accepted an invitation to participate with Limerick County VEC in the country’s first secondary school media studies course in Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom.
With the structure of the broadcaster’s regional offices around the country under review in recent months, there had been fears that RTÉ would re-locate its Limerick office elsewhere, but these have proved groundless.
The offices and studios at Cornmarket Square are to be maintained, as is RTÉ lyric fm, which broadcasts from the same complex at Denmark Street.
The complex is home to one television studio and four radio broadcast studios.
In addition to lyric FM programming, Will Leahy broadcasts his More Music Drive show on RTÉ 2FM from Limerick during the week. Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News’ Mid Western Correspondent is also based at Cornmarket Row.
In total, close to 40 people are employed across the Limerick operation.
While RTÉ operations in Sligo, Dundalk, Galway, Athlone and Waterford are to move to local Institutes of Technology in those areas, the broadcaster has announced a new partnership with Coláiste Chiaráin to establish a media studies course in the school.
The course will be for students in the school.
RTÉ also has annual work placement programmes with a number of third level institutions, including the University of Limerick.