“Today’s decision by Government to proceed with the National Broadband Plan is one of the defining days in the history of our Country and will be the turning point for the revitalisation of rural Ireland” says Denis Naughten TD
“When I entered Government my absolute priority as Minister was to ensure that high-speed broadband was provided to the more than 540,000 households and more than 1.1 million people in rural Ireland who do not currently have access to this essential service”.
“When I left Government this complex procurement procedure was completed and all that remained was to obtain Government approval for the project. Today’s announcement completes this process”.
“Just as roads came, and then electricity, broadband will now be delivered to every townland in Ireland and it will leave as lasting a legacy throughout our Country” said Denis Naughten.
“To overcome isolation, to challenge the sense of powerlessness in homes and in parishes across rural Ireland, our children must be able to do their homework, our small enterprises and family farms must be able to do their business, on-line if required. This investment will make this a reality.”
“When I took office in 2016 only five out of ten premises in Ireland had access to high-speed broadband. Today, that is closer to eight out of ten premises. I am not aware of any other country on the planet that has achieved this particular milestone for such a disperse rural Country”.
“In the last century Ireland was the first country in the world to bring electricity to every home and when this project is completed Ireland will become the first country in the world to bring high speed broadband to every home” concluded Denis Naughten.