1998 in Irish television
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The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1998.
- 20 September – Launch of TV3, the Republic of Ireland's first commercial television channel. Early programming on the channel includes the UK soap EastEnders, the miniseries Merlin the film The Quick and the Dead, US comedy Just Shoot Me, and Breakers, a new Australian soap. The channel is aimed at the 15–44 age group and also has a remit for 15% of its programming to be homegrown – rising to 25% within five years.
- 1 October – Digital satellite television launches in the Republic of Ireland, operated by Sky Digital.
- 1 October – TV3 reports an audience share of 927,000 (7% of viewers) for its first week on air, passing its intended initial target of a 6% audience share.
- 14 September – Gridlock (1998)
- September – The Premiership/Premier Soccer Saturday on RTÉ 1 (1998–2013)
- Undated – 2Phat on Network 2 (1998–2000)
- 20 September – TV3 News @ 6 (1998–1999)
- 20 September – TV3 News (1998–present)
- Undated – Speakeasy (1998–1999)
- Undated – Sports Tonight (1998–2009)
Ongoing television programmes
- RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock (1961–present)
- RTÉ News: Six One (1962–present)
- The Late Late Show (1962–present)
- Glenroe (1983–2001)
- Saturday Live (1986–1999)
- Questions and Answers (1986–2009)
- Dempsey's Den (1986–2010)
- Kenny Live (1988–1999)
- Fair City (1989–present)
- RTÉ News: One O'Clock (1989–present)
- Would You Believe (1990s–present)
- Winning Streak (1990–present)
- Challenging Times (1991–2001)
- Prime Time (1992–present)
- The Movie Show (1993–2001)
- No Disco (1993–2003)
- Echo Island (1994–1999)
- Nuacht RTÉ (1995–present)
- Fame and Fortune (1996–2006)
- Nuacht TG4 (1996–present)
- Ros na Rún (1996–present)
- PM Live (1997–1999)
- Later on 2 (1997–2000)
- Don't Feed the Gondolas (1997–2001)
- A Scare at Bedtime (1997–2006)
Ending this year
- 1 April – Know Your Sport (1987–1998)
- 17 April – Brendan O'Carroll's Hot Milk and Pepper (1996–1998)
- 26 November – Bosco (1979–1998)
- 28 February – Dermot Morgan, 45, comedian and actor
- "TV to plug a gap in Eire's market | Archive". Marketing Week. 10 September 1998. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "TV3 claims to have reached 7percent audience share". The Irish Film and Television Network. 1 October 1998. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- Gallagher, Jim (13 September 1998). "EastEnders take on the Street in TV revolution; End of the dark ages". The People. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 April 2012.