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And the winner is... TV3 staff who can go to the IFTAs ball

TV3 has called 'cut!' on its embargo against the IFTAs.

The independent Ballymount station has confirmed that a group of employees will be attending the glitzy event for the first time in four years.

For the past three years, TV3 personalities and workers have been noticeably absent from the Irish equivalent of the Oscars.

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They claimed the event was unfairly slanted towards RTE, given that it broadcasted the ceremony and had the highest number of nominees.

However, a TV3 spokeswoman has confirmed that they have dropped the embargo in place since 2009 and are happy to move on.

"I was actually just organising our tickets today, so we're definitely going. We basically sat down with the IFTA crew and we sorted out our differences and said 'lets move forward', which we're more than happy to do."

The spokeswoman added TV3 are confident about their chances of picking up an award this year and they are "happy to wait and see" how the night unfolded.

TV3 has been nominated in eight different categories.

These include Come Dine With Me, Titanic: Blood And Steel, The Borgias -- as well as a Midweek Special called Ireland Fights Back, along with Vincent Browne Tonight.

Today FM presenter Ray D'Arcy has also helped earn them a nomination for his series, How To Beat Depression.

Now in its 10th year, the red carpet will be rolled out at the National Convention Centre on February 9.

mfinn@herald.ie