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O'Toole questions why parts of Dublin still do not have access to broadband through their local telephone exchange

6 July, 2006


Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole has described the €500,000 cross border advertising campaign launched by Minister Noel Dempsey and British Direct Rule Minister Maria Eagle promoting the benefits of broadband as premature when there are many communities in the 26 Counties, including parts of Coolock and Kilbarrack, which still do not have access to broadband.

Councillor O'Toole said:

"Today's announcement by Minister Noel Dempsey and British Direct Rule Minister Maria Eagle that they are to fund a cross border advertising campaign to promote the benefits of broadband is a little premature when there are still many communities in the 26 Counties which still do not have access to broadband.

"It is ridiculous that there are streets in parts of Coolock and Kilbarrack which can‚t access broadband through their local telephone exchange when their neighbours who live a few hundred yards away can access the service. The privatisation of Eircom severely hindered the roll out of broadband something which the government has yet to sort out. It is time that they brought forward a programme to make all telephone exchanges broadband enabled.

"Also while it is good to see all-Ireland co-operation, it much be beyond the promotion of the service, it must also include the integration of telecommunications systems on the island, something which would improve the service and reduce costs particularly for those in border areas." ENDS

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