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An Taoiseach, the Irish Prime Minister, gives his love letter to radio at Radiodays Europe



An Taoiseach welcomed the delegates of Radiodays Europe to Ireland’s capital city Dublin.

He hoped they would enjoy what is the “single most important event in the European radio calendar.”

The Taoiseach talked about what radio means to him and his own special relationship with radio, however he did say that “despite the quantum change to the world since all of you have worked in and with this medium, radio has lost none of its currency, urgency or intimacy… In the white noise of social media, radio endures!”

he Taoiseach spoke about radio being an emotive part of people’s day-to-day lives and that many of our life events are punctuated by listening to the radio from birth to death, which is in effect “a written love letter to radio”.

 

From speaking about the social impact of radio he highlighted the continued economic effect of radio: “EU-wide, the radio sector is worth €8.4 billion and supports over 70,000 jobs.”

 

An Taoiseach also called for the radio industry to support communities not only with information and news, but also with good news. He also spoke of the need to engage with national and local news.

 

He ended by saying that: “In the last century people gathered around radios to hear news of abdications, elections won and lost, wars declared and ended.”