We don’t know exactly what this means, or why an outgoing Government with a few weeks to live is doing it.

From DCENR (link)

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to Seek Expressions of Interest in Providing Content for the Digital Terrestrial Television Platform

Dublin 16th February 2010

Pat Carey, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has signed an Order directing the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to seek expressions of interest from broadcast content providers and other interested parties in providing content for the Digital Terrestrial Television Platform in Ireland. The Expressions of Interest will be sought by the BAI in the coming weeks. The BAI will make a report to the Minister on this in April.

RTÉ is planning to launch SAORVIEW in May 2011. SAORVIEW will operate alongside the existing analogue terrestrial TV network until the analogue network is switched off in late 2012. The switch-off of the analogue TV network will release additional spectrum for commercial purposes which is expected to produce a significant benefit to the Exchequer. Minister Carey said, “This Order clearly shows that the momentum for digital switchover and analogue switch off is being maintained. It represents a major opportunity for broadcasters and indeed other interested parties to become a part of digital terrestrial television in Ireland”