Politicians board Drogheda ‘pirates’ amid TV complaints was a newspaper headline from The Sunday Tribune dated February 14th 1982
Politicians board Drogheda ‘pirates’ amid TV complaints
by Tom Higgins
While the Taoiseach Dr FitzGerald was using the pirate Drogheda Community Radio soapbox last Wednesday, an estimated 25% of television viewers in the town were being deprived of RTÉ1 and ITV due to interference caused by the illegal broadcasters.
The three pirate stations at present operating in Drogheda have been playing havoc with TV reception since before Christmas and angry residents have now threatened not to pay their licence fees unless their reception is restored. In some estates, residents say RTÉ1 hasn’t been received at all since December 15. The engineer in charge of reception investigations at RTÉ Mr Patrick Keys explained: “We found that the trouble is being caused by a VHF transmitter which was being used by Drogheda Community Radio to beam a signal to its medium wave equipment at Ross Naree Hotel, a couple of miles outside the town. In the light of these findings it is now up to the Department of Posts and Telegraphs to take appropriate action.” A spokeswoman for the Department of Posts and Telegraphs said they were aware of the situation in Drogheda and were considering what action, if any to take.