National Broadband Plan ‘to benefit the community’, Madigan says

by Gary Ibbotson
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Residents, business owners and farmers across Barnacullia, Glencullen and Ticknock will benefit greatly from the recently announced National Broadband Plan, according to Minister Josepha Madigan.

“We do not want any part of Dublin Rathdown to be left behind so we are investing to end the digital divide and ensure people in less populated communities of South Dublin get the same opportunities as those living in more populated areas,” says Madigan.

“€31 million is being invested in Dublin as a whole over the next 25 years to bring broadband to all homes, farms and businesses.

“Every home and business in South Dublin no matter their location, will have access to high speed broadband making Ireland the first country worldwide where rural areas have the same opportunity as urban areas.”

However, the plan has been criticised by Labour councillor, Peter O’Brien who says that the failure of Fine Gael to deliver the National Broadband Plan for three years “is holding back rural Ireland.”

“The FG plan has become a farce, with only one bidder left and the price rising from €500m to €3billion now, and no clarity when people will get a service.

“Meanwhile those in areas outside the National Broadband Plan have no guarantee of a decent service,” O’Brien says.

Fianna Fail councillor Tom Murphy says that the move should benefit those who live in more rural parts of the county but worries about the cost.

“This will benefit people and business in the rural part of our county especially in Glencullen, Barnacullia and Ticknock but my real fear is that the money that is used for this may reduce or stop vital funding to infrastructure.

“With all the new developments in our area there is now huge pressure on our rural roads and also the Luas line which is now creaking with capacity,” he says.

Conor Battigan, the chief executive of the Sandyford Business District says that, due to the development of Sandyford and environs in recent years the broadband plan won’t have a massive direct impact.

However, he says that it will benefit employees who commute from more rural parts of the country.

“It does indirectly affect us at SBD because we would have employees who would commute from Meath or Gorey and more even more rural locations who can’t work from home.

“So, it will have a really positive impact on the district as that it will allow employees more flexibility to work from home.”

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