Wicklow musician hits out at Denis O’Brien

Wicklow singer Luan Parle has hit out at media mogul Denis O’Brien following an article in the Sunday Times.

Parle said “I was shocked to read this on Sunday.

‘Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp, lobbied against a proposal to introduce a 40% Irish music quota on radio.

The lobbying register shows the company wrote to 43 TDs, including ministers, to encourage them to vote against a bill tabled by Willie Penrose, seeking a music quota because it did not “recognise listener preference”.’

As an independent artist you invest a great deal of money (not to mention your time and creativity) into releasing your product…from recording, manufacturing, packaging, PR, delivering your product to radio etc in the hope that when it does arrive at radio somebody in there will like it and give it a spin.

How can listeners make an informed judgement if their not given the opportunity in the first place?”

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