The Taoiseach paid tribute to TG4 as the Irish-language station celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The channel, then known as Teilifís na Gaeilge, aired on October 31, 1996.
Based in Baile na hAbhann, Co Galway, it was renamed TG4 in 1999.
In a statement, Micheál Martin said that “over the past quarter century, TG4 has played a vital role in Irish society and has established itself as a distinctive and unique voice in the Irish media landscape”.
The frontman of Fianna Fáil said that the channel’s “dynamic mix of local, national and international news and current affairs, entertainment, sport and culture” resonated with TG4 audiences.
He added that the government “looks forward to seeing TG4 strengthen in the years to come”.
President and Sabina Higgins greet German President Steinmeier and Ms Büdenbender on set of TG4 @RosnaRun today discover Irish music and arts in beautiful County An Spidéal Galway pic.twitter.com/Yg6949ESdX
– Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@dfatirl) October 29, 2021
President Michael D Higgins, who was Minister of Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht when the channel launched in 1996, visited Conamara on Friday to commemorate the occasion.
He was accompanied by his wife Sabina, as well as the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and his wife Elke.
Mr Steinmeier was in Ireland as part of a three-day state visit to Ireland.
The two world leaders visited the plateau of Ros na Rún, the channel’s popular soap opera set in a fictional village near An Spidéal.
During the visit, President Higgins said that with over 100 languages spoken in Ireland today he urged everyone to make a great effort for the Irish language as it would not be a great achievement for anyone to say that we reject language.
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Speaking during Friday’s presidential visit, TG4’s Cathaoirleach said “TG4 has been a champion of Irish culture, creativity and talent” since its launch.
Siún Ní Raghallaigh added that: “2021 is a milestone for TG4 as we celebrate our 25th broadcast anniversary and look forward to continuing to invest in a vibrant and creative independent sector that ensures that TG4 and the Irish language remain relevant and a significant part of Ireland’s Public Service Media. “