The roll-out of high-speed internet hubs across the country is a welcome feature of the National Broadband Plan, but they need to be established as soon as possible, according to independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.
A total of 30 of these hubs will be set up across counties Galway and Roscommon while the National Broadband Plan is being delivered.
It is hoped that people will have free access to high-speed internet at these hubs – which will be located in places such as libraries, community centers, schools and local facilities – from the second quarter of next year.
Speaking on the matter, Fitzmaurice said: “People in rural Ireland have been forced to wait for far too long already for quality broadband services.
“The introduction of these hubs must not be delayed as they will be a vital resource to areas where broadband coverage is poor at present.
“It is important that they are established and up and running as soon as possible.
“The hubs will provide people living in rural parts of the country with an opportunity to access high-speed broadband in their locality – while they wait for the National Broadband Plan to be rolled out,” he added.
A full list of the hubs located in counties Galway and Roscommon is included below.
- Killeany, Co Galway
- Comhar Na Noileán, An Tra, Inis Oirr
- Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Carrowntemple, Inis Meáin
- Scoil Caomháin, An Tra, Inis Oirr
- Saint Colman’s National School, Tierneevin, Gort
- Kilcroan National School, Ballyglass South, Williamstown
- Saint Joseph’s National School, Boleybeg, Barna
- Briarhill National School, Breanloughaun, Ballintemple
- Saint Mary’s National School, Kippanagh, Clonbern
- Community Development Office, Inishbofin Community Centre, Middlequarter
- Lissoughter, Co Galway
- Cortoon Lavally Community Creche, Cortoon Community Centre, Cortoon
- Brownsgrove National School, Joycegrove, Brownsgrove
- Cahergal National School, Cahergal, Tuam
- Leitrim Community Centre, Carrowkeel, Kylebrack
- Comhar Chuigéal Teo., Lettermullen Community Centre, Teach Mor
- Tiernascragh National School, Longford, Ballycrissane
- Ballinakill National School, Ballynakill, Kylebrack
- Mweenish National School, Mweenish Island, Carna
- Glenamaddy, Co Galway
- Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Tawnytaskin, Boyle
- Dangan Community Centre, Dangan, Kilmore
- Saint Patrick’s Hall, Drumboylan, Leitrim Village
- Tibohine Community Centre, Tibohine, Castlerea
- Gortaganny, Co Roscommon
- Termon National School, Termon, Castlerea
- Ballagh National School, Ballagh, Kilrooskey
- Creeve Community Centre, Drummullin, Elphin
- Carrownageelaun, Co Roscommon
- Cam Childcare, Cam, Brideswell