The news this week that there is to be another delay in the provision of broadband is another serious blow to rural Ireland and a further signal that this Government who are only five months in office are failing to address the many problems that exist in rural areas. We are now told that many homes and businesses could be waiting until 2023 for this scheme to be introduced which is totally unacceptable. It is thought that by then Ireland’s broadband systems will probably be out of date. I am calling on the Minister to come into the Dail and explain what the nature of this latest delay is. There is not much point talking about attracting industry and business into rural areas like the West of Ireland if there will be no proper broadband services there until 2023. The tendering process needs to be speeded up and the funds to complete that process should be provided in the budget.
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