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Single all-Ireland mobile phone tariff must be introduced - McDonald

7 June, 2007

Speaking today Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald welcomed the EU backed decision to reduce the cost of cross-border mobile phone calls. However Ms. McDonald said while this is a positive move it has not gone far enough. She said Sinn Féin wishes to see a single All-Ireland mobile phone tariff introduced to ensure that the border will no longer be a financial burden on mobile phone customers."

Ms. McDonald said, "Sinn Féin has put pressure on the EU and the British and Irish Governments to legislate to force the mobile phone operators to act on roaming charges. It makes good economic sense for the development of a single all-Ireland telecommunications market. It does not make sense that the same mobile phone operators are operating on both sides of the border while customers' credit are being literally wiped out by sending a few texts and making a few calls to the other jurisdiction on the island of Ireland. It is in everyone's interest as citizens on this island to introduce an all-Ireland mobile phone network with a single mobile phone tariff." Críoch

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