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Government plans to use data from Sky and UPC to catch those without a TV licence




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New legislation will soon be drafted up to enable the Government to use information from major TV services suppliers to detect households without a TV licence, though it will be still some months before such legislation is signed into law.

It is estimated that around 15 per cent of Irish households do not have the €160 licence. 411 people were jailed in 2013 for dodging the payment.

According to minister Alex White, that extra 15 per cent is worth €25million to the exchequer, and that getting everyone to pay up is simply a matter of ‘fairness’.

The Licence currently brings in €220m a year. €180m of that goes to RTE, and the rest is spread between TG4 and independent producers.

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