Well-known Irish musicians want to hear more home-grown music on Ireland’s radio stations.
Phil Coulter from The Dubliners was outside the Dail supporting Labour TD Willie Penrose, who wants to see 40% of all radio airtime being devoted to Irish music – and plans to introduce a new legislation to give effect to his proposals.
“Without support on radio the Irish music industry is already in decline and it’s going to get worse unless there’s some radio support,” he said.
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The songwriter revealed that in France 30% of the music played is French but in Ireland only 3% of music on the radio is Irish.
“For a whole new generation of talented kids in this country I despair of what’s in store for them,” he told RTE Entertainment.
“It’s not good enough to leave it to Irish radio stations because they’ve proven that they won’t play Irish music and that’s a fact.”