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Government ineptitude cutting off Rural Ireland – Carol Nolan TD

1 May, 2016


Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan has said that it should be a top priority of any future government to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, would have access to high speed broadband by 2020.

The Offaly deputy said that it was unacceptable for the ongoing Government to talk about delays at this point when the people of rural Ireland had waited long enough for access to quality, high-speed internet access, which would open up communities and business opportunities.

Deputy Nolan said:

“Under the Fine Gael/ Labour Government, local communities have been disempowered. Infrastructure has deteriorated as a result of severe cuts to regional and local budgets; affecting roads, broadband delivery and, most noticeably in recent times, flood protection.

“Sinn Féin wants to make rural Ireland a sustainable place to live and work, where the quality of life is matched by the quality of public services; a place where young educated graduates have the opportunity to stay and build their future and a place that welcomes back emigrants, including those forced to leave over recent years.

“We will use the budget room available over the next five years to invest heavily in capital projects, to deliver tens of thousands of jobs and to fill infrastructural needs in water, housing, schools, health, broadband and transport. Our current spending will also create jobs in frontline services and act as a stimulus for job creation in the private sector.

“We will create a digital hub in Galway City through the provision of sufficient broadband levels and IDA/government incentives. This hub will become an economic driver in the West and could contribute to rebalancing economic regional development.

“It is imperative that we open up rural Ireland to the benefits that something as simple as quality, high-speed internet access can provide. While it may not be a panacea for the neglect of successive governments, it will at least give our communities and local businesses a fighting chance.”

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