Both RTÉ and the BBC report the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the UK and Irish governments “which provides a framework for continuing co-operation on broadcasting issues on the island of Ireland.” Specifically, on what will happen after the digital switchover in 2012. The memorandum is available here [pdf file]. From the RTÉ report
[Irish Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan] said: “At a time when there’s a lot of attention on North-South negotiations, it’s important for people to be able to access culture, sports, news and know what’s happening North and South. Having the BBC available in the South gives us a clear link with what politicians in the North are doing. Having TG4 and RTÉ available in the North is equally important so we have a common understanding on the island of what we have as a common culture.”
Negotiations with a number of companies to provide the 100 million digital system in the Republic which have run into some difficulties are still continuing, “but come what may, we are switching in 2012”, Mr Ryan said.