In Ireland it is a prosecutable offence to be found in possession of an unlicensed television set. An Irish TV licence costs €160 . Fines for not having a licence can be up to €635 for a first offence.
Any person in occupancy at an address in Ireland where a television set is held is legally responsible for the licensing of the television set regardless of ownership of either the premises or the set itself.
You can get a television licence from the Post Office (An Post) .
You can pay a one off fee by cash/cheque at any Post Office or you can pay monthly by Direct Debit from a current bank account or MasterCard/Visa
The TV licencing telephone number is 1890 228528
You can renew a licence online at www.billpay.ie
The TV licence fee funds RTE (Radio Telefis Eireann) – which has 3 channels RTE1 RTE2 and TG4. ComReg research suggests some 73 per cent of Irish households avail of some kind of TV subscription service such as Sky or UPC.
If you are getting Social Welfare payments – you may be entitled to a free licence: Contact the Department of Social and Family Affairs at LoCall 1890 500000 and ask for the Household Benefits Package application form.
Any person in occupancy at an address where a television set is held is legally responsible for the licensing of the television set regardless of ownership of either the premises or the set itself.
A new household broadcasting charge was supposed to be introduced in 2013/14 to replace the TV licence. It was going to be be payable by all households to cover the viewing of TV via computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.