Internal restructuring
Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Programming And Broadcasting Activities
60 - Programming and broadcasting activities

200 - 250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 March 2019


State broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is to reduce its workforce by between 200 and 250 over the next two years. This reduction will be achieved through voluntary redundancies. The broadcaster's group of unions may seek terms similar to the most recent severance package of six weeks' pay per year of service. This could mean a total redundancy cost of around €20 million for RTÉ. The new director general of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, says she wants to make the broadcaster a “smaller, more nimble organisation”. Though the organisation has carried out voluntary redundancies in recent years, its workforce has expanded since 2014. RTÉ is selling some of its property in Dublin 4, with the aim of pumping the sale money into upgrading infrastructure and other capital projects.


  • 23 March 2017: Irish Independent
  • 22 March 2017: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2017), RTÉ, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 90564, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90564.