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.
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 email@example.com 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