Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has urged the Minister for Communications to clarify when he intends to progress the National Broadband Plan (NBP). It was widely anticipated that Minister Bruton was to bring the NBP plans to cabinet this week.

Deputy Murphy commented, “It is massively disappointing that the Minister will not move on the National Broadband Plan at cabinet. There is no clear picture as to when my constituents can expect high speed broadband.

“In particular, there are serious requirements for broadband in Castleblakeney and Kilkerrin in County Galway, and Frenchpark in County Roscommon which are some of the worst supplied areas in our constituency. I have raised this matter, with a focus on these areas, with the Minister for Communications who could only refer me to the now delayed National Broadband Plan.

“In my constituency we have broadband black spots which severely hamper students, businesses, and the basics such as internet browsing or simply watching Netflix. We have a situation in which people are driving to bigger towns to avail of free public Wi-Fi to complete basic tasks. In 2019 this is simply not good enough,” concluded Deputy Murphy.