“Broadband delay is a death knell for rural communities,” McGrath


Independent TD Mattie McGrath has castigated the acting Minister for Communications Alex White for overseeing what he has termed a disastrous stewardship of the roll-out of rural broadband. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed that the State’s National Broadband Plan may not be delivered for at least six years.

“Yet again we are witnessing an absurd delay in the roll-out of a Scheme that was supposed to be up and running by 2020

It is now clearly apparent that no real appreciation of the fundamental importance of broadband for rural Ireland has ever really existed at government level.

It is being reported in today’s Irish Independent that this setback means the completion of the roll-out plan may not happen until 2022 or later – two years after the Government’s promised delivery date and 10 years after the scheme was first launched.

This will almost certainly mean the complete inability of rural communities and businesses to survive given how modern payment and educational systems are increasingly broadband dependent.

We are talking here about what amounts to an almost deliberate policy to stagnate the growth and vitality of thousands of rural communities.

It is simply infuriating given the endless commitments we have had to endure listening to from both this acting Minister and his predecessor Pat Rabbitte,” concluded Deputy McGrath.


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  1. You hit the nail on the head with this one, yes it seems by starving rural Ireland of access to high speed broadband the government can continue to drive all FDI to the greater Dublin area. Farmers need high speed broadband to interact with the Dept of Agriculture, Banks, Revenue and regulatory agencies, Tourism in rural Ireland is being seriously undermined by lack of basic broadband, Failte Ireland are encouraging the tourism trade to use video & social media for marketing purposes, yet in my area on the shores of Lough Derg home of the busiest inland Yacht club in Ireland you cannot upload video content,because the system is so poor or non existent depending on exactly where in the village you are located. We have been lied to time and time again by all Governments over the past twenty years. Eircom can keep their 1916 copper wire technology we need nothing less than fibre to every home in rural Ireland, and why should the citizens of rural Ireland be treated as second class?

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