Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said there is disappointment in her constituency as the government announces a further ten-year delay for the delivery of high speed broadband as part of the National Broadband Plan. 

Deputy Smyth said, “Fine Gael is now promising to deliver the National Broadband Plan to a third less homes, 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 announcement has let down families, students, and businesses in Cavan-Monaghan. How long more must we wait before we are able to compete with towns and cities near and in Dublin. Without the provision of high-speed broadband, we are losing out on a daily basis.

“One of the most striking facts from the announcement is the confirmation that the rollout time for the NBP has now tripled from three to ten years. In my constituency we have been crying out for high-speed broadband services. They have not materialised and now we know it will be ten years before the rollout is complete.

“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 have proven their inability to manage large infrastructure projects – first we have the National Children’s Hospital overrun, now the NBP has fallen victim to gross incompetence.

“My constituents will be disappointed that we have ten more years to go,” concluded Deputy Smyth.