License Euros at Work

RTÉ ponders the all-important questions for the World Cup - screenshot from RTÉ website
RTÉ ponders the all-important questions for the World Cup - screenshot from RTÉ website

License inspectors are in your neighbourhood … with this dire warning, akin to “the Black and Tans are coming”, RTÉ wants our money. Because if you watch television in Ireland, you’ll have to have a license. And even if you are not able to watch RTÉ, the bulk of this money will go to RTÉ. Because they’re worth it? I beg to differ.

But with the looming World Cup, we can see our license Euros at work. Because RTÉ is sending broadcasting staff to Brazil. Nice job if you can get it. Especially as Ireland (both the Republic and the North) is not a participant in the World Cup.

Open question – wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just make a deal with the UK television networks and pick up their transmissions? But then, we might be missing that oh-so-important Irish angle. Which is at times desperate, at times hilarious.

RTÉ ponders the all-important questions for the World Cup  - screenshot from RTÉ website
RTÉ ponders the all-important questions for the World Cup – screenshot from RTÉ website

Like this feature on the RTÉ website. Asking, in all seriousness, who the Irish fan should be supporting. And offering a choice of Cameroon (team kit looks like Carlow, they drink a lot of Guinness), England (er?), Belgium (beer gets a mention again), Argentina (Che Guevara had Galway ancestors, William Brown family in Mayo), and in top spot Chile (again, some national heroes had Irish blood).

Weird, no mention of the US (“De Oirish built it!”), Greece (“The EU shafts them as well …”), or Germany. Just jokin’ on the last one, the “gallant allies in Europe” have long been reduced to greedy bankers and Merkel-caricatures.

Well, who should an Irish fan support then? Personally, I liked the first comment best: “Well maybe a League of Ireland team! There are matches on next week!” Spot on, c12154903, whoever you may be.

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