Sunday 19 November 2017

Anger over lack of response from EIR

Sligo County Council meeting

Eir has still not upgraded the cabinet at Bunninadden Community Centre which needs
Eir has still not upgraded the cabinet at Bunninadden Community Centre which needs broadband

Sorcha Crowley

EIR has still not answered a letter from Sligo County Council about providing fibre optic broadband in Bunninadden.

Councillor Margaret Gormely has been tabling motions on the issue for the past while, last November and again in March.

The Council has written to Eir each time but no response has been forthcoming.

They have been repeatedly called on to upgrade the cabinet at the rear of the Community Centre in Bunninadden as there is fibre broadband cable passing through the village.

Cllr Gormley wants to know when Eir plans on doing this.

"It's very disappointing that Eir are ignoring our correspondence," she told last week's meeting.

"I will continue to highlight this issue until Eir carries out the works. It'll be 18 months now before we are any way on with rural broadband. Here I am in July 2017 and Eir still hasn't responded to a request to upgrade the cabinet in order to provide broadband in Bunninadden," said Cllr Gormley.

She was supported by Councillor Keith Henry who said the issue of broadband nationally seemed to be "kicked down the road."

"It'll be 2019 before we can see any progress. Minister Naughten is using Eir as if they were the National roll out," he said.

"The way Eir are not responding shows that they have very little respect for the people we represent and their customers.

"They cherry pick business that makes no financial sense," he said.

Cllr Henry said he made a comment before that "Bunninadden must be the best place to have a quiz because you can't get broadband and here I am again seven months later saying the same thing."

Councillor Michael Clarke said ICBAN (the Irish Central Border Area Network) was preparing to make a report on the progress of Eir. He said they had £40m more money from the British Government than they had spent on the roll out.

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