Government website says 40% of marts don’t have decent broadband – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

According to the Government’s own website 40% of marts across the country have a poor broadband service which requires upgrading, says Denis Naughten TD.

 

“Solely based on a review of the Government broadband website www.Broadband.gov.ie 68 marts across the country can be identified and 19 of these marts are included under the National Broadband Plan to have their service upgraded,” stated Denis Naughten.

 

“With 40% of marts failing to have decent broadband then the online-only sales of stock needs to be reviewed, particularly with large numbers of weanlings and store cattle coming to market at present.

 

“While some marts may be able to manage with inadequate connections, when the access to online databases as well as farmers using Wi-Fi to bid for stock from their cars, this all puts significant pressure on the limited broadband connection speeds.

 

“I am also aware of the fact that 47 marts designated as having a good broadband service were struggling with their connections before sales went online, even though these connections will not be upgraded due to their failure to have the broadband database corrected.

 

“Clearly, we need to see flexibility from the Department of Agriculture in terms of buyers having access to sales rings in a socially distanced manner in light of the broadband challenges ‘officially’ faced by 40% of our marts.

 

“This is a point that I put to the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue last Saturday afternoon when the sales system went down. I believe that the Minister and mart operators need to put a sustainable and robust sales system in place which takes account of the poor broadband connectivity of some mart locations.

 

“What is really frustrating is the fact that the vast majority of our marts are in towns where they were supposed to have a broadband connection of at least 30mbps and for those marts, and other premises who don’t register their poor broadband connection under the National Broadband Plan with the Department of Communications, they will lose out on the current measures being taken to upgrade the national broadband network, leaving them at risk of future lockdowns” concluded Denis Naughten.

 

ENDS.

 

Editor’s note: list of all 68 mart locations

19 mart premises with less than 30mbps broadband as reported on the Government Broadband Website Broadband.gov.ie. These premises will be covered under the State Intervention of the National Broadband Plan.

NEW ROSS LIVESTOCK MARTS LTD., MART YARD, ROSBERCON, NEW ROSS, CO. WEXFORD, Y34 AF59

CASTLEREA CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART, THE FAIRGREEN, CASTLEREA, CO. ROSCOMMON, F45 FC91

IVERAGH CO-OP MART, REENRUSHEEN ROAD, CARHAN LOWER, CAHERCIVEEN, CO. KERRY, V23 NT78

KANTURK CO-OP MARTS LTD., PERCIVAL STREET, KANTURK, CO. CORK, P51 HR29

HEADFORD CO-OP MART, BALRICKARD, HEADFORD, CO. GALWAY, H91 K7TH

MAAM CROSS MART, MAAM CROSS, RECESS, CO. GALWAY, H91 V520

CENTRAL AUCTIONS, ROSCREA LIVESTOCK MART, PARKMORE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ROSCREA, CO. TIPPERARY, E53 F223

CORK CO-OPERATIVE MARTS LTD., CORK MARTS CENTRE, CORRIN, FERMOY, CO. CORK, P61 EE37

KILKENNY CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART LTD., CILLÍN HILL, DUBLIN ROAD, LEGGETTSRATH, KILKENNY, R95 A4VP

DINGLE MART LTD., SPA ROAD, DINGLE, CO. KERRY, V92 YD26

GOLDEN VALE MART, RAILWAY ROAD, ABBEYFEALE, CO. LIMERICK, V94 R120

GOLDEN VALE MARTS, CARRIGALLEN LIVESTOCK MART, CALLOUGHS, CARRIGALLEN, CO. LEITRIM, H12 WP65

CLARE MARTS LIMITED, CAHERMINANE, KILFENORA, CO. CLARE, V95 XN59

EDENDERRY CATTLE MART., CARRICK ROAD, EDENDERRY, CO. OFFALY, R45 VK27

STATION ROAD MART LIMITED, STATION ROAD, COOTEHILL, CO. CAVAN, H16 FK82

BIRR CO-OP LIVESTOCK SALES, BIRR MART, POUND STREET, BIRR, CO. OFFALY, R42 HR64

TULLOW LIVESTOCK SALES, TULLOW MART, ABBEY STREET, TULLOW, CO. CARLOW, R93 E431

KINGSCOURT MARTS LIMITED, CHURCH STREET, KINGSCOURT, CO. CAVAN, A82 H2H3

MANORHAMILTON LIVESTOCK SALES, STATION ROAD, MANORHAMILTON, CO. LEITRIM, F91 Y586

 

47 mart premises are in an area where commercial operators are delivering AT LEAST 30mbps broadband services as reported on the Government Broadband Website Broadband.gov.ie. If marts or any other premises cannot get high speed broadband from the providers in their area, they should contact broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their Eircode a list of operators who cannot provide this minimum level of service.

 

AURIVO LIVESTOCK MART, BALLYMOTE MART, FAIRGREEN ROAD, BALLYMOTE, CO. SLIGO, F56 H795

LISTOWEL LIVESTOCK MART SOCIETY LTD., TANAVALLA INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, LISTOWEL, CO. KERRY, V31 PK75

KENMARE LIVESTOCK MART CO-OP LTD., MART ROAD, GORTAMULLEN, KENMARE, CO. KERRY, V93 R761

AURIVO LIVESTOCK MART, CARROWNTOBER OUGHTER, BALLA, CO. MAYO, F23 EC99

CLONES LIVESTOCK CO-OP MART LIMITED, ROSLEA ROAD, CLONES, CO. MONAGHAN, H23 WY81

MAYO-SLIGO LIVESTOCK MART, CROSSMOLINA ROAD, BALLINA, CO. MAYO, F26 NN25

KINGDOM CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART LTD., THE MART COMPLEX, CARRIGEENDANIEL, TRALEE, CO. KERRY, V92 CYF9

ELPHIN CO-OPERATIVE LIVESTOCK MART LTD., BISHOP STREET, ELPHIN, CO. ROSCOMMON, F45 W672

G.V.M LIVESTOCK AND PROPERTY AUCTIONEER, TULLAMORE MART, ARDEN, TULLAMORE, CO. OFFALY, R35 A662

ARDEE LIVESTOCK SALES, RICHARDSTOWN, DROMIN, DUNLEER, CO. LOUTH, A92 VP92

BALLYBAY LIVESTOCK MART, BALYBAY MART, MAIN STREET, BALLYBAY, CO. MONAGHAN, A75 A320

AURIVO LIVESTOCK MART, GREEN ROAD, MOHILL, CO. LEITRIM, N41 P224

BALLINASLOE CO-OP MART, CLEAGHMORE, BALLINASLOE, CO. GALWAY, H53 YT53

CORK CO-OP MARTS LTD., MART CENTRE, DISTILLERY ROAD, BANDON, CO. CORK, P72 W324

CORK CO-OP MARTS LTD., MARSH ROAD, SKIBBEREEN, CO. CORK, P81 C802

LENISTER CO-OP MARTS LTD., BORRIS MART, FENAGH ROAD, BORRIS, CO. CARLOW, R95 AY07

PORTUMNA CO-OP MART LTD., DOMINIC STREET, PORTUMNA, CO. GALWAY, H53 X867

CAVAN CO-OP MART, FARNHAM ROAD, CAVAN, H12 VP40

LOUGHREA CO-OP MART LTD., STATION ROAD, LOUGHREA, CO. GALWAY, H62 AV97

LEINSTER CO-OP MART, KILLESHIN ROAD, CARLOW, CO. LAOIS, R93 V0R1

ATHENRY CO-OPERATIVE LIVESTOCK MART LTD., PROSPECT, ATHENRY, CO. GALWAY, H65 DW74

ROSCOMMON CO-OPERATIVE LIFESTOCK MARTS LTD., CIRCULAR ROAD, ROSCOMMON, F42 CH61

EAST DONEGAL CO-OPERATIVE LIVESTOCK MART LTD., RAPHOE LIVESTOCK MART, DERRY ROAD, RAPHOE, CO. DONEGAL, F93 KH22

DUNGARVAN CO-OP MART, SHANDON, DUNGARVAN, CO. WATERFORD, X35 V448

BALLINAKILL LIVESTOCK MART, KILKENNY ROAD, BALLINAKILL, CO. LAOIS, R32 X857

CASTLEISLAND CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART LTD., OLD CHAPEL LANE, CASTLEISLAND, CO. KERRY, V92 KW92

CASTLEBLAYNEY LIVESTOCK SALES, MUCKNO STREET, CASTLEBLAYNEY, CO. MONAGHAN, A75 NX53

CORK CO-OPERATIVE MARTS LTD., MARKET HOUSE, FAIR GREEN, MACROOM, CO. CORK, P12 R285

GOLDEN VALE MARTS, RAILWAY ROAD, KILMALLOCK, CO. LIMERICK, V35 PA07

CLARE MARTS (KILRUSH), CAPPA ROAD, KILRUSH, CO. CLARE, V15 EV60

CLARE MARTS LIMITED, CLARE MARTS COMPLEX, QUIN ROAD, ENNIS, CO. CLARE, V95 APF2

SCARRIFF MART, WATERPARK, SCARRIFF, CO. CLARE, V94 YD98

SIXMILEBRIDGE CO-OPERATIVE MART, RATH MORE, SIXMILEBRIDGE, CO. CLARE, V95 CY90

DOWRA CATTLE MART, DOWRA, CO. CAVAN, N41 T3P0

TIPPERARY CATTLE MART LIMITED, DAVIS STREET, TIPPERARY, E34 RT18

BALLYSHANNON CATTLE MART, STATION ROAD, BALLYSHANNON, CO. DONEGAL, F94 TV00

LONGFORD WESTMEATH FARMERS’ MART LIMITED, BALLYMAHON MART, MOSTRIM ROAD, BALLYMAHON, CO. LONGFORD, N39 Y9R6

GRANARD FARMERS MART LTD., DUBLIN STREET, GRANARD, CO. LONGFORD, N39 H2Y7

MID-KERRY CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART LTD., MILLTOWN MART, MILLTOWN, CO. KERRY, V93 HV06

GORT CO-OPERATIVE LIVESTOCK MART, BALLYBAUN, GORT, CO. GALWAY, H91 V256

TUAM CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART, CHURCH VIEW, TUAM, CO. GALWAY, H54 RR50

NENAGH CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART, STAFFORD STREET, NENAGH, CO. TIPPERARY, E45 HR80

INISHOWEN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD., MART PLACE, CARNDONAGH, CO. DONEGAL, F93 C634

MID TIPPERARY CO-OPERATIVE MART, CABRA ROAD, BALLYCURRANE, THURLES, CO. TIPPERARY, E41 V974

J.P. & M. DOYLE LTD., BLESSINGTON MART, HOLYVALLEY, BLESSINGTON, CO. WICKLOW, W91 Y667

LEINSTER MARTS, CONVENT VIEW, KILCULLEN, CO. KILDARE, R56 HK37

CORK MARTS CAHIR, CAHIR MART, CASHEL ROAD, CAHIR, CO. TIPPERARY, E21 HC78