IFA supports Eir in its bid to win National Broadband Plan contract
The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has thrown its weight behind Eir in its bid for the contract to deliver the upcoming National Broadband Plan.
Eir is one of three bidders that have been shortlisted for the plan, which aims to ensure the entire country has access to high-speed broadband.
The IFA has announced a partnership with Eir that will see the association support the State's largest telco by helping it develop the best solutions for the farming community.
In return, Eir will work to encourage the take-up of broadband in rural Ireland.
IFA president Joe Healy said access to high-speed broadband was critical for farm families.
"Eir is extending its network where our members live and earn their living, as well as bidding for the National Broadband Plan.
"The track record of delivery demonstrated by Eir in the past four years is very reassuring and their commitment to continue its investment to a further 300,000 rural homes and businesses will have a direct impact for our members," he said. Mr Healy added that Eir had demonstrated an "ambition" for rural Ireland.
Open Eir managing director Carolan Lennon expressed her delight at securing the IFA's support.
"No one has done more than Eir to provide access to high-speed broadband in Ireland. The job is not done, but we are focused on rolling out broadband in rural Ireland as far and wide as commercially possible.
"When completed, we will offer service to 80pc of the homes and businesses in the country," she said.