Updated: 21/12/17 : 04:41:55
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€15,000 fee for RTÉ main mast at Truskmore

A FEE of €15,000 has been confirmed for further retention of RTÉ’s main mast at Truskmore Mountain, Co Sligo.

Not Happy

Subsidiary company 2RN were not happy with the fee and took its case to Bord Pleanala, the statutory appeals agency.

The fee had been notified to the RTÉ company when it got permission earlier this year from Sligo County Council to retain the mast. 

The Council’s fees for telecommunications masts is outlined in its County Development Plan 2011 to 2017.

Pleanala Inspector Stephen J O’Sullivan recommended that the €15,000 charge be upheld.

Details of his report were published online last night, Wednesday.

Transmission began from the site in 1962. The facilities there are currently used by several other telecommunications service providers.

Previous Fee

The RTÉ subsidiary previously paid a fee of €20,000 in respect of another smaller mast on the site. 

This discounted RTÉ claims of “double counting” by Sligo County Council, Pleanala’s assessment said.

The main mast is 175 metres high in the townlands of Clogh and Moodoge on the border of Sligo and North Leitrim. 

It has been in use since 1962 and, the Pleanala hearing confirmed, other telecommunications providers use the mast.