I know there are some restrictions on sports, but if you need to watch RTÉ then there is an RTÉ Player which is free and RTÉ Player International which is paid for. Neither have GAA, so I don't bother.
Irish TV is a Free-to-air channel on Eutelsat. It is available acorss Europe on all satellite platforms, so you can receive it on any satellite receiver (Sky, Freesat or European FTA). As with all FTA channels, the broadcaster pays one fee to the satellite operator (in this case Eutelsat SA in France), & then pays a nominal fee to the likes of Sky & Freesat for an EPG slot (so you dont have to tune the box manually, & also get programme details).
Virgin is a pay only closed platform, so there are costs to the broadcaster (for a slot on the platform), & also costs to Virgin (as it is normal for a broadcaster to get a cut of Virgins subscription income for joining a pack). With over 250 FTA channels out there, Virgins costs (& our subscriptions) would rocket if all of these were added to their platform. So while Virgin will talk to these channels if there is interest in them, unless a deal can be worked out that is agreeable to both parties, the channel wont appear.
Cable customer since 1993. Services: FH TV, Sky Sports & Movies (2xV+), Talk Unlim Telco, VIVID 100, Virgin PAYG Mobile