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The outgoing coalition parties of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats called for the establishment of an Irish language television station in their 1989 manifestos.Fianna Fáil stated that they would set up an Irish language television service in the Galway Gaeltacht that would service the whole country.The new programme for government also sought to launch Tna G as the 3rd channel. Higgins remained as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht under Taoiseach John Bruton. The total cost in establishing the transmission and links networks, and the construction of the station's headquarters in the Connemara Gaeltacht, was IR£16.1 million.Annual running costs increased from IR£10.2 million in 1996 to IR£16 million in 2001, and €30 million in 2006.The PDs also looked for the setting up of what they called "Teilifís na Gaeltachta".The Green Party's manifesto from 1987 also called for the establishment of such a channel.
This government left office in 1994 and was replaced by the Rainbow Coalition.
In fewer than six months from the launch of Teilifís na Gaeilge, almost 65% of Ireland's television sets were able to receive the channel and the nightly audience had risen to 250,000 viewers.
Three months later, in May 1997, independent research revealed that the station was able to attract audiences of 500,000, or 68% of television sets in Ireland, for at least one hour's viewing per week.
Eighteen hours of live and pre-recorded programming was broadcast between 2 and 5 November 1987.
The transmitter was built at a cost of IR£4,000 through donations from local Gaeltacht communities.The three writers proposed small temporary buildings for Gaeltacht regional television services broadcasting a limited number of hours each night with programming coming from each of the Gaeltacht regions around the country.