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McLaughlin calls for all-Ireland Mobile Phone Regulator

31 January, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel Mc Laughlin MLA has called on Irish Minister, Noel Dempsey and Direct Rule Minister Barry Gardiner to give urgent consideration to the establishment of a single all-Ireland mobile phone Regulator.

Mr Mc Laughlin said:

"I have consistently lobbied successive Ministers in both administrations concerning the problem of inadvertent roaming caused to mobile phone users in close proximity to the border. I have also met with both regulators and all are agreed that there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Barry Gardiner and Noel Dempsey concluded following their last meeting that "an all-Ireland tariff would be the simplest and most effective means" of addressing the problem. They also expressed disappointment that the Service Providers had not made more movement in that direction.

"This being the case it is incumbent on the Ministers to initiate the process by co-operating in the integration of both Regulators into a single all-Ireland Regulatory Body. It is intolerable that government having acknowledged the problem and a means to address it should be waiting for the Providers - who after all are making lucrative profits in the present circumstances - to voluntarily instigate an island wide tariff." ENDS

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