Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage Niamh Smyth TD has written to RTÉ urging them to delve into their archives to offer viewers a different choice of programmes during the public health emergency.

Deputy Smyth explained, “RTÉ have been proactive in their changes brought in to meet the needs of their audience during this global pandemic. The introduction of educational programming for children home from school has been very welcome. This week also marks the start of a new programme encouraging exercise at home.

“I have written to RTE encouraging them to extend this range in programming. There is a rich history in the RTÉ archives of homegrown productions which had a large viewership when first launched and could do so again. It would also offer a comforting familiarity for those cocooning at home.

“Studies have shown immersion in a familiar fictional world restores self-control. With so much uncertainty and frightening news on our televisions each night a rerun of classic RTE programmes would be welcome.

“RTÉ Sport have begun to air ‘sporting classics’ such as previous All-Ireland Finals and classic Irish international matches. There is the same appetite out there for the TV shows we fondly remember. I look forward to engaging with RTÉ to progress this idea,” concluded Deputy Smyth.