Government announces €84m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Limerick
Added November 19th, 2019
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced that the Government is to invest €84m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Limerick.
Minister O’Donovan was speaking as the Government announced the biggest initiative for rural Ireland since electrification.
“This is a landmark day for County Limerick and for rural Ireland generally. The Government has today (Tue) signed a contract for the National Broadband Plan, which will see investment of €84m to bring high-speed broadband to 21,024 homes across County Limerick.”
The National Broadband Plan is the Government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises nationally, including 100,000 businesses and farms, and over 600 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver the service.
Patrick continued: “The work will start immediately, with roll-out of broadband within eight weeks of today’s contract signing. Over 90% of premises in the State will have access to high speed broadband within four years.
“This means rural communities in County Limerick will not be left behind. All of rural Ireland will get the same access to opportunities offered by high-speed broadband as those in urban areas.
“Fine Gael is delivering on transforming the country for the better and providing more opportunities to all. We have prioritised rural broadband. As an initial step, the Government has published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county that will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband.
In County Limerick these locations are: Angelsboro National School, Caherline Community Centre, Coolcappa National School, Gerald Griffin National School, Glenmore Community Centre, Knocknadea National School, Knockadea, Limerick East Educate Together National School, Lough Gur Interpretive Centre, Mountcollins National School and Tinnatarriff National School.
“The ultimate goal here is to deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses all across the country. The delivery of high-speed broadband will be hugely beneficial to economic development and job creation in County Limerick. It will open up a whole range of possibilities including: flexible and remote working; smart health with online GP and nursing services and medical monitoring; cloud-based services and connected devices; smart farming opportunities; digital learning; and reliable electronic payments and bookings for businesses.
“We want to ensure that people who wish to live and work in County Limerick are supported in doing so. It is so crucial for balanced regional and rural development.