Limerick among counties most likely to try and avoid TV licence fee

LIMERICK is among the counties most likely to try and dodge paying the annual TV licence fee.

That’s according to new research from, who analysed online search data relating to the non-payment of the licence fee from every county in Ireland in the midst of the ongoing RTÉ payments scandal.

Limerick came in at number four on the list of counties most likely to try to avoid paying the fee.

Cavan topped the list with 180 searches on the topic per day, followed by Westmeath and Dublin with 150 and 140 searches respectively.

Limerick was in the fourth spot, joining both Dublin and Kilkenny with 140 daily searches on how to avoid paying the TV licence fee.

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Figures as recently as 2022 from An Post showed that €152m in revenue had been generated from the TV licence, which sets citizens that own a TV back €160 annually.

A spokesperson for said: We began measuring the daily search volume for this research a few days after the news about RTÉ made headlines in June.”

“It became clear that people some counties were searching for how to avoid paying the TV licence more than others, and this volume of people will only increase in the months ahead, you would expect, especially in the aftermath of what has happened at RTÉ. People will be far less willing to part ways with €160 now that they know where some of it goes.”

Failure to pay a TV licence fee can result in a court date and land people a fine of up to €1,000.