In a Memorandum to Government the Department set out four possibilities for the ownership and control of a new service: The Department of Finance were incensed with this and asked the government to tell O'Broin to resubmit the proposals through the Department of Finance according to the formal procedures of the Civil Service. Costello, the Taoiseach, did so and returned the memo to the Department of Post and Telegraphs.
The Minister for Finance refused to look at TV, calling it a "luxury service".
The agreement between both jurisdictions also guaranteed that viewers within the Republic of Ireland are able to view BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC Two Northern Ireland on the Republic of Ireland's free-to-air service which began in October 2010.
A cross-border initiative had always been on the agenda for the Green Party in the Republic of Ireland.
This provided viewers with greater viewing opportunities with an increase in public service channels, i.e.