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S.I. No. 7/1977 - Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960 (Section 31) Order, 1977.

S.I. No. 7/1977:

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY ACT, 1960 (SECTION 31) ORDER, 1977.

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY ACT, 1960 (SECTION 31) ORDER, 1977.

I, CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, being of opinion that the broadcasting of any matter which is a matter of a class hereinafter specified would be likely to promote, or incite to, crime or would tend to undermine the authority of the State, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 31 (1) of the Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960 (No. 10 of 1960), inserted by section 16 of the Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1976 (No. 37 of 1976), hereby order as follows :—

1. This Order may be cited as the Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960 (Section 31) Order, 1977.

2. Radio Telefís Éireann is hereby directed to refrain from broadcasting any matter which is an interview, or report of an interview, with a spokesman or with spokesmen for any one or more of the following organisations, namely,

(a) the organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army (also the I.R.A. and Oglaigh na hÉireann),

(b) the organisation styling itself Provisional Sinn Féin,

(c) any organisation which in Northern Ireland is a proscribed organisation within the meaning of section 28 of the Act of the British Parliament entitled the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1973.

3. This Order shall remain in force until the 19th day of January, 1978.

GIVEN under my Official Seal, this 20th day of January, 1977.

CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN,

Minister for Posts and

Telegraphs.

EXPLANATORY NOTE.

This Order directs Radio Telefís Éireann to refrain from broadcasting matters of a particular class which, in the opinion of the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, would be likely to promote, or incite to, crime or would tend to undermine the authority of the State.