Addressing communications blackspots is the first step to developing regional Ireland – Stanley
Speaking today, Brian Stanley TD, Sinn Féin Communications Spokesperson, said that mobile blackspots are affecting both people’s day to day quality of life and future rural economic development after the publication of The Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce
The Laois TD said:
“Unfortunately, much of the state is covered by communications no-go areas and, as the Minister acknowledged in his speech this morning, this is affecting the growth of business in rural Ireland and in towns across Ireland. This is affecting thousands of householders, farmers and students, with some areas actually getting worse. Parts of the State that once had mobile coverage have none now, or have lower quality coverage.
“We welcome the establishment of broadband officers for each local authority and that their brief includes mobile coverage; although in many places, they are not stand alone roles. The key for these positions to work is the availability of information. There is a reliance on data from private companies to identify blackspots. It is important that information is given so that the size of the problem many people are faced with across the State is fully understood.
“The scale of the problem in communications in this State is immense and we still have not identified the true number of blackspots. It is one of the major issues affecting quality of life and jobs growth. Without effective communications, there will be a difficult future for rural Ireland.”