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Latest broadband debacle leaves rural Ireland suffering from Government failure again - Senator Rose Conway-Walsh

11 October, 2018 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has said that the resignation of Minister Denis Naughten should prompt a re-think of the entire National Broadband Plan.

Speaking after the resignation of Minister Naughten the Mayo Senator said:

"It is clear that the Minister's actions led to his position becoming untenable. His resignation is the latest twist in a tendering process that has been marred by delay and uncertainty.

"Once again it is those of us living in rural Ireland that suffer the consequences of political failure and neglect at the highest level.

"This is just the latest incident after decades of empty promises and debacle after debacle.

"The decision by Fianna Fáil to privatise the provision of high speed broadband lies at the heart of the ongoing problems.

"Sinn Féin has said for years that it could have been completed quicker and cheaper by the state.

"Privatisation has meant that delivery of such a key service was always going to be at the mercy of personalities, profits and politics.

"A new way needs to be found and state involvement should be seriously considered. We still have well over 1.1 million people waiting on broadband service they need to access state services and to participate in the digital economy.

"The Government urgently needs to clarify the status of the tendering process and needs to look at alternative methods of delivering it."

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