Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West has welcomed confirmation from Eir that fibre broadband will be rolled out to parts of Cornamona/Cloughbrack and Indreabhán by the end of January next.  This will mark a major step forward in broadband provision for this area and brings great investment potential to the region.

Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “Rural Ireland has been deprived of vital infrastructure for years.  Fibre broadband is no longer a luxury, it is essential for businesses and households, for day to day living and to attract investment and to create jobs.

“Here in west Galway, high speed broadband has been practically non-existent.  A recent survey found that Indreabhán had recorded one of the slowest speeds in the country.  This government has failed to grasp the importance of high speed broadband, particularly fibre, and this is evident in its National Broadband Plan, which will be obsolete by the time it commences.  The speeds are redundant.  Fibre is the future.

“The rollout of fibre to parts of Cornamona/Cloughbrack and Indreabhán is a welcome step forward.  Homes and businesses in the two areas will see a marked difference in their broadband provision.

“This boost for the local economy could be replicated right across the country if fibre broadband was rolled out.  The current targets are not ambitious enough and could potentially stifle economic growth.  I want to see fibre made available to all homes and businesses in rural Ireland – it is already happening in some areas and should be rolled out nationwide”.