In Ireland, anti-competition laws prevent screenwriters from negotiating minimum terms because they are independent contractors. According to Chief Executive of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild David Kavanagh it’s a difficult problem to solve. So the IPSG is developing best practice standards to help guide writers in negotiating their deals.
The TV writing market in Ireland is small but stable. There are some soaps (including one in the Irish language) and several miniseries get made every year. The order for a half series is likely to be 12 episodes while an hour long series order will be 8 or 10 episodes.
Audrey O’Reilly, President of IPSG, mentioned a couple of series to me, neither of which could I find on YouTube. Prosperity ran on RTE which has the shooting scripts available for downloadand a preview .
Lower budget and a little more fun is the four part mini-series Running Mate which ran on TG4 and is bilingual (English and Irish language.) Unfortunately I can’t find a way to show you a clip, but the reviews are brilliant.