Sunday, March 6, 2016

the local gnome

He's checking to see if  you have the TV licence, if not you can be fined €1,000.  We have been hearing that radio commercial everyday now for a while.  The people who work for the TV licence bureau conduct inspections randomly to see if you are in compliance.  The licence cost €160 a year and covers all the televisions you have in a household.  We have none.

Last year a woman from Donegal was arrested for violating the policy and the gardai had brought her to jail in Dublin via a cab.  She was making payments on her fine but got behind.  She owed €400.  They released her the next day and gave her a bus ticket back to Donegal.  The cab ride most likely cost more than she owed.


This notice was sent to the previous tenant of the apartment that we rented in Ballinrobe.



11 comments:

  1. In Norway the gnom is a Troll. And have a big nose. Greets from Bergen.

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  2. Love the first shot. Not so much the second. I don't have TV and had to prove it...

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  3. A license to have a television in the house? Seriously?

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  4. As law enforcement officers go the gnome is none too imposing. I hope the lady from Donegal didn't miss any episodes of her favourite soap.

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  5. TV Inspector Gnome made me smile Bill :) We don't have to have a TV licence here, is it expensive?

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  6. TV Inspector Gnome made me smile Bill :) We don't have to have a TV licence here, is it expensive?

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  7. Crazy! Taking a cab to the police station?? What a waste. :S

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  8. Wow, they must really want to control who has TV.I really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your pictures. I followed your blog also.

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  9. Here we pay 2864 Norwegian Kroner every year for the TV licence.... Many people are not pleased about that. I guess they get in quite a lot of money buy the controls, and I guess that is how they can send sport directly from the ski jump Holmenkollen etc, plus make new TV-series.

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