Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has expressed his disappointment as the delivery of high-speed broadband has tripled from three to ten years and will cost six times the original price.
Deputy Murphy commented, “The new announcement is not good news for Roscommon-Galway. For many of us, particularly in the rural areas, we have been waiting indefinitely for the provision of high-speed broadband. Now, we have another ten years before this project is completed.
“I have many concerns around this project. It is taking three times longer and costing six times the original price. On top of that, the State will not own the network built and paid for by the taxpayer.
“The people waiting for broadband need it now, not 2029. They should be rightly sceptical about the announcement given the fact that every other timeline on this project has been missed.
“Fine Gael has completely mismanaged this project from the beginning and have wasted taxpayers’ money. Despite numerous calls by Fianna Fáil, the government has continued down the same path. My party called for the gap funding model to be reviewed almost 18 months ago but it was ignored. Now it’s costing €3bn.
“The broadband plan, when finally in place, will be welcome for those in Roscommon-Galway who are urgently requiring this service. Yet, how we got to this point, and the next ten years as the service is slowly rolled out, is massively disappointing for those of us in rural Ireland,” concluded Deputy Murphy.