S.I. No. 1/1927 - Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926.




I, Séamus Breathnach, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, in pursuance of Section 6 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926 , do hereby make the following regulations :—

1. The fees for a licence for the possession of wireless receiving apparatus or to establish a wireless receiving station shall be as follows :—

(a) Ordinary Licence

10s. a year.

(b) Schools and Institutions, as, for example, Colleges, Convents, Hospitals, Convalescent Homes, Boarding Houses, etc.

£1  "

(c) Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés, Clubs, Public Houses, etc.

£5  "

(d) Public Entertainments, e.g., Public Halls, Cinemas, Bazaars, etc., open to the public on payment of a charge

£1 a week

(e) Loud Speaker Station for outside free public reception of broadcast matter as an advertisement or demonstration

£5 a year

(f) For other premises or in special circumstances such fee as the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may prescribe.

2. Licences shall be obtainable on application to the Head Postmaster, the Clerk in Charge of a Branch Money Order Post Office, or the Sub-Postmaster of a Money Order Office in the district in which the applicant resides.

3. The licence shall be available for twelve months from the first day of the month of issue.

4. The licensee shall within 14 days of the end of the period specified in his licence either take out a fresh licence or give notice in writing to the local Postmaster or Sub-Postmaster of his intention not to renew his licence.

5. The licensee shall notify promptly any permanent change of address to the Post Office at which the licence was issued.

6. A licence shall entitle the licensee to keep or use wireless receiving apparatus in the premises occupied by him, but not in any portion of the building which may be sublet to other persons. A separate licence shall be necessary for apparatus in a portion of a house under a separate tenancy, as well as for apparatus in each tenement or flat in separate occupation.

7. A single licence taken out by the authorities of a school or institution or some permanent member of the staff on their behalf shall cover the use of any number of receiving sets in the main building of the school or institution. Separate licences shall be necessary, however, in respect of wireless apparatus in buildings occupied as separate residential quarters by the staff.

8. If a licensee desires to run telephone leads from his apparatus to any premises other than those in his own occupation for the purpose of broadcast reception there, a separate licence shall be necessary for such premises.

9. A separate ordinary licence shall be necessary to cover the private use of a wireless receiving set on a motor car or other conveyance.

10. A licence shall not be transferable.

11. The licensee shall not allow the apparatus to be used for any purpose other than that of receiving messages in the premises occupied by the licensee.

12. The apparatus shall not be used in such a manner as to cause interference with the working of the apparatus of other licensees. In particular, reaction must not be used to such an extent as to energise any neighbouring aerial.

13. The combined height and length of the external aerial (where one is employed) shall not exceed 100 feet. An aerial which crosses above, or is liable to fall upon or to be blown on to any overhead power wire (including electric lighting and tramway wires) must be guarded to the reasonable satisfaction of the owner of the power wire concerned.

14. The licensee shall not divulge or allow to be divulged to any person (other than a duly authorised officer of the Government of Saorstát Eireann or a competent legal tribunal), or make any use whatsoever of any message received by means of the apparatus other than time signals, musical performances and messages transmitted for general reception.

15. The apparatus shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by duly authorised officers of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs who will produce their cards of identity on request.

16. The licence may be cancelled by the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs at any time, either by specific notice in writing sent by post to the licensee at the address shown thereon, or by means of a general notice in Iris Oifigiúil addressed to all holders of wireless receiving licences, and will be cancelled on breach of any of the Regulations numbered 10 to 15 inclusive.

17. In the event of the cancellation of a licence for any reason whatsoever, the licensee shall have no claim for a refund of any fee paid.

18. These Regulations may be cited as the " Regulations in regard to Wireless Receiving Licences, 1927."

Dated this 3rd day of January, 1927.


Minister for Posts and Telegraphs.

Dated this 3rd day of January, 1927.

I consent to the foregoing Regulations.


Minister for Finance.