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Thursday 19 September 2019

Wexford people were the third worst offenders for not having a tv licence last year

By Esther Hayden

Wexford people were among the worst offenders for the nonpayment of television licences last year.

New figures show that more than 16,500 summons were issued in 2014 after people were detected without a licence. A total of 9,761 of the 16,566 summons issues were in respect of people in Dublin.

Kerry had the second highest offenders with 540 summons issued while Wexford was third with 399 summons issued.

Evasion rates for not holding a television licence is estimated to be in the region of 15 per cent creating a revenue shortfall of in excess of €25million each year.

Last year figures issued by the Department of Communications showed more than 30,000 people had signed statutory declarations that they did not have a television in their home, indication of a growing use of tablets, computers, laptops, phones and other devices to watch television.

The Government had planned to introduce a broadcasting charge but it will not be introduced during this Government.

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