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National Broadband Plan for Louth in disarray – Gerry Adams TD

8 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has accused the Minister for Communications, Dennis Naughten of abandoning rural dwellers through his decision to further privatise the delivery of high speed broadband.

Gerry Adams said;

“The Ministerial announcement this week that delivery of broadband to nearly 300,000 rural homes and businesses has been handed over to Eir is very troubling.

“The fact that this further privatisation of broadband provision comes with no timeframe for delivery demonstrates shocking incompetence and disregard for people living in rural areas.

“Over the past five years I have been consistently asking the Minister, on behalf of Louth homes and businesses, when high speed broadband will be a reality.

“Responses to date have made hopeful indications that 2021 might bring a new dawn in communications for Louth residents.

“However, this announcement and the lack of information about how the process will work, means that those who are to be provided with Broadband by EIR don’t know when this will occur.

“It has also resulted in those providers who were tendering for delivery of the National Broadband Plan to reassess their interest.  This means previous timeframe estimates for State provision are also null and void.

“I am deeply frustrated that the Government and Minister Naughten appear to have facilitated private commercial interests to jeopardise the delivery of essential communications infrastructure to the rural population.

“I have submitted a series of Parliamentary Questions to the Minister seeking more definitive answers on this important issue.”

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