€13m boost for local economy as broadband plan gets green light – Naughten

In Infrastructure, Local Issues by Denis Naughten

plan gets green light – Naughten

Local hubs will be first to benefit

“The approval of the National Broadband Plan today, will transform rural Ireland and provide it with the opportunity to bring new families and new investment into our local communities” says Denis Naughten TD.

“A conservative analysis of the benefit of broadband to every home and business in County Roscommon & East Galway indicates that it will give an €13.2m boost to the local economy every year”

“The first phase of the project will be to build out Broadband Connection Points throughout County Roscommon and East Galway at Creevy Community Centre, Elphin;  Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Boyle;  Dangan Community Centre, Kilmore;  Tibohine Community Centre, Frenchpark;  St Patrick’s Hall, Drumboylan;  Gortaganny, Castlerea;  Cam Childcare Centre, Brideswell; Ballagh NS, Kilrooskey, Roscommon; Tarmon NS, Castlerea and in East Galway,  St Mary’s National School, Kippanagh, Clonberne; the Old Secondary School, Glenamaddy;  Kilcroan National School, Williamstown.

The locations were selected by Roscommon & Galway County Councils to enable the Council to provide access to high speed broadband services in advance of the full fibre network being built.

These Broadband Connection Points will build on other similar broadband hubs being completed or planned in communities throughout Counties Roscommon & Galway under other funding streams in Monksland, Ballinasloe, Tulsk, Ballyforan, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen and Athleague.

“To overcome isolation, to challenge the sense of powerlessness in homes and in parishes across Counties Galway & Roscommon, 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 throughout our region.”

“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.