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Crowe calls for re-nationalisation of Eircom

7 April, 2006

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday evening, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Seán Crowe TD, urged the government to re-nationalise Eircom  and  take it back into public hands.  Deputy Crowe slated the privatisation of Telecom  Eireann in which "venture capitalists  paid themselves a €500 million dividend while refusing to invest in the national broadband roll out". He further stated that the government "had made a huge mistake, and should learn from this catastrophe and halt the proposed privatisation of Aer Lingus".

Crowe added that, "Ireland's telecommunications  infrastructure is languishing behind those of other countries and that there should have been an all-Ireland  approach to ensure that we didn't become the IT laughing stock of Europe".

In the 6 counties there is 100% broadband saturation whilst in the south we reached a paltry 1.7% last year, in which people in rural areas struggle to send simple emails.

Deputy  Crowe concluded by asking the Minister "will the government rely on the liberalised market  that  has  failed us, with private investors more interested in profit  than the public good, or will he put a halt to this telecommunications farce and re-nationalise Eircom?" ENDS

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