With new regulations having been approved aimed at a crackdown on people who do not subscribe to a TV licence, Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte threatened today that An Post will now attempt to access Sky and UPC Subscriptions Data to work out who has not paid their annual TV Licence.
Contradicting the Minister; UPC have stated it will not now share any data with An Post as part of the Ministers threatened crackdown, as they believe they are not legally obliged to grant An Post access to their Cable Subscription Data.
Presently it is estimated that 15% of the Irish population are evading TV licence payments, however access to cable subscription data UPC believe could contravene their obligations under Irish data protection.
Why are 15% of the Irish population involved in TV licence evasion? Could be caused by same being forced to watch Miriam O’Callaghan interview self promoting, hustler style, so-called top Irish celebrates: many pulled from within her own hallowed RTE, all desperately seeking free national advertising for their badly written books or even worse – free air time for their even less talented musical soundtracks.
Perhaps Minister Rabbitte hasn’t yet viewed the latest Live Register Unemployment Data Figures; latter which showed the numbers of persons presently seeking some form of monthly ‘Gratuitous Relief’ here in County Tipperary.
Last month Thurles was the worst affected area, with some 2,861 people on the dole queue; while Clonmel ran a close second on 2,811. Nenagh numbers showed 2,783, but added together all social welfare offices in Tipperary recorded a rise on June unemployment figures of some 385 persons, latter well above already published May 2014 figures.
Perhaps Bread and Cheese took priority over a mere TV licence this month Minister! Maybe Miriam O’Callaghan would cover this issue on a future programme, “Genuinely.”