Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Galway West Cllr. Mary Hoade has confirmed that her party will roll out universal fibre broadband across the country if elected to Government.  Poor broadband and mobile coverage is one of the major issues facing towns and rural areas, which has an impact on families and businesses alike.  Fianna Fáil will address this issue head-on by providing fibre broadband to all homes and businesses as well as universal 4G mobile phone services.

Cllr. Hoade commented, “Mobile phone and broadband coverage across Galway is clearly not up to scratch.  I am contacted on a daily basis whose signals are dropping or who have no signal at all.  These customers are paying fees for a non-existent service, and not only are they out of pocket, for business owners who are dependent on mobile and broadband services, they are losing trade.

“Many businesses are reliant on their online presence to boost their sales.  However, with such an unreliable service, it is next to impossible for them to operate a functioning online business.  This is a major loss to the businesses themselves and to the local economy.  The guesthouse and B&B trade in Galway is being disproportionately affected because of its reliance on online bookings.  This has a knock on effect on tourism and is generally bad for business.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to radically improving broadband and mobile coverage.  Unlike Fine Gael and Labour which made promise after promise and failed to deliver, Fianna Fáil will ensure that rural Ireland is not left behind.  We will roll out fibre optic broadband to all premises in the State through a combination of private operators and direct State intervention.

“This will ensure that local businesses are in the position to meet their potential by opening up the global market for industry and tourism.  We cannot continue to settle for the sub-standard service being pushed by this Government.  It is jeopardising business and jobs and must be overhauled.  This is what Fianna Fáil will do”.