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You seem to be a new Irish user, have you found the Wikipedia talk:Irish wikipedians' notice board yet?

Kiand 19:48, 18 Oct 2004 (UTC)

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Civil Service of Republic of Ireland[edit]

Regarding your recent edits my belief is that State Agency employees would be public servants rather than civil servants, as government figures on civil servants usually refer to the core departments of state and very few other "agencies" (the latter often constitutionally/long established offices like Attorney General, Houses of the Oireachtas, Revenue Commissioners and a few others explictly named in acts of the Oireachtas).

I am not going to make an issue out of it but any references would be ideal as this area is very hard to get concrete documents and policies that are up to date (for instance CSO figures on the entire public sector refer to 1980s documents on categorising the public sector).

Djegan 22:52, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

Firstly, all Department of State employees other than political employees are Civil Service. That much is certain.

The vast majority of state agency employees are public servants, absolutely. But some of them ARE Civil Service - the ones named above being among them. Its very hard to get a definitive list, the status tends to be established in each agency, board, commission (the overall term seems to be "Office")'s founding statute, eg for PAS, the Public Service Management Act 2004 section 42 (3) - "(3) The members of the staff of the Public Appointments Service, including the Chief Executive of the Service, are civil servants of the State."

Neither the PAS nor Finance seem to have a definitive list on their websites. There are, I understand, approxemely 25 Offices with civil service status.

Its not true to say thats all long-established offices either. PAS, established in 2004, is Civil Service, although its predecessor CSC would also have been.

They go for public service rather than civil service now, certainly. The unions at the RSA had a dispute on its establishment as its employees were losing Civil Service status upon their transfer from DOT. Rdd 22:00, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Route shields[edit]

Just like the busses...after years of appealing for someone to make route shields on Irish roads pages yerself and Limbo arrive together! Wonderful stuff - just one quibble - Limbo changed the font colour on his shields to a slightly more orange colour which looks more like the real thing. Your colour is noticably more "yellow" than his so we have two versions. Could you synchronise? (Preferably to Limbo's current colour). Check N1 road; look at "other routes joined" in the infobox - spot the odd one out! Sarah777 (talk) 08:42, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

I didn't make any of the route shields! All I can claim credit for is taking the UK infobox and turning it into an Irish one. I just used Limbo's ones....

Happy St Patrick's Day... --Rdd (talk) 11:05, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

And to you! I guess we are looking at "old Limbo" and "New Limbo"! Sarah777 (talk) 11:42, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Mace[edit]

Nice repair of Mace (store) today. For some time, I had wondered what the true status of that symbol was. --Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 13:47, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Boxer TV Ireland[edit]

I agree with your points in the talk section. I take on board regarding the RTÉ Mux and that no Irish Freeiew Group exists. Most definitely there is a need for guidance by RTÉ on its plans for its MUX, now that commercial DTT is fine-tuning its own given Boxer launch is planned to come before official Irish free-to air RTE mux launch (September 2009).

The Broadcasting Bill does give TV3, TG4 or the other two, power to ask the Minister to direct RTÉ to assign more spectrum for its offerings. What you say means that TV3's additional channel plans may well be on Boxer's platform.The issue however is coverage. RTÉ's will required coverage will be 98% while 90% for licenses A-c by 2012). Will ASO BCI muxes be open to tender in the interest of competition? This means that the BCI may to request FTA be made available on the Boxer platform as Onevision had planned. That means that Boxer could have FTA for some channels. This would be a positive for it. Commentary is based on analysis of the situation and and thus original research.

One could argue that RTÉ should have got 2 muxes gifted pre-ASO with two muxes available to the commercial operator post ASO. Scathain (talk) 00:20, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

The Broadcasting Bill gives TV3 or TG4 the right to ask for more spectrum alright, but in TV3's case at any rate, reading section 130 (10), this applies specifically to TV3 itself (i.e. the channel TV3, not the company TV3 Television Network Limited) by my reading anyway. RTÉ can be issued with a second multiplex under section 132 (2) at any rate. The Bill actually makes no reference to extra multiplexes after analogue switch-off but as far as I can does not specifically prohibit ComReg from issuing extra multiplex licences to the BAI in such circumstances. If ComReg were to issue extra licences to the BAI in such circumtances I cannot see, how, under public procurement rules, the BAI could do anything other than start running the contract issuing process - ie, advertise for expressions of intrest.

The possiblity of Boxer launching without RTÉ is a disturbing one - it will immediately give people the message that DTT is simply another pay-TV platform (which in many respects, it basically is under the present proposals). Analgoue switch off will not happen without people who do not want pay-TV (and lets face it, what country has a 100% take-up of pay-TV????) being given an incentive to switch to DTT (or, indeed, a combination of DTT and Freesat). They simply won't buy a box if all they're getting is the four Irish channels plus coverage of the Dáil and a film channel that will likely be very arty given who is running it. A Freeview-type service - yes, including the NI 4, if the rights issues can be sorted out (which is pretty much already the case for Channel 4 who have been buying Irish rights for their own commissions for some time now, whatever about the other three) despite the pay-TV industry's opposition - is what will get people switching over in droves. Losing the NI 4 will NOT put pay-TV out of business (if that is the only reason people subscribe to pay-TV, why has Sky Sports got such large subscriber numbers???). It will however encourage people to buy DTT boxes, which if the public policy objective of analogue switch off is to be achieved is what is going to have to be done. Otherwise, yes, its just another pay-TV service. --Rdd (talk) 14:57, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:IRL motorway routebox[edit]

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