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Monday 16 December 2019

Broadband contract signed in Laragh school

(From left) Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and David McCourt with sixth class pupil Matthew McCoy as he reads the contract, alongside other pupils from St Kevins National School
(From left) Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and David McCourt with sixth class pupil Matthew McCoy as he reads the contract, alongside other pupils from St Kevins National School

Myles Buchanan

The roll out of high-speed broadband should start within eight weeks after the Government signed the contract for the National Broadband Plan in Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa on Tuesday.

The government also published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county in Ireland that will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband.

Speaking at the contract signing in Laragh/Glendalough, Taosieach Leo Varadkar said rural Ireland would now get the same high-speed broadband opportunities as urban areas.

'Some people try to divide our country - urban v rural, east coast v west coast, Dublin v the rest of the country. The Government is all about bringing Ireland closer together, ensuring that all parts of the country benefit from our prosperity. That requires investment in roads, broadband, higher education and enterprise and it's happening.

'This contract means that every home, school, farm and business in Ireland will get access to high speed broadband. No part of the country will be left behind in securing the jobs and opportunities of the future. And as we know, the future is already here in our daily lives with online access offering ever more opportunities for living and working,' said an Taoiseach.

The broadband connection points in County Wicklow will be located at Arklow Geraldine's Ballymoney G.A.A. Club, Avondale Forest Park, Avondale G.A.A. Club, Ballinacor G.A.A. Club, Ballycooge Community Hall, Crossbridge Community Hall in Tinahely, Dunlavin G.A.A. Club, Glendalough And District Development Association, Brockagh Resource Centre; Knockree Hostel, Lackandarragh Upper, Enniskerry; Mosart Ltd., Clermont House, Newrath, Rathnew; Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Laragh/Glendalough; Wicklow G.A.A. County Board, Ballinakill Centre Of Excellence, Ballinakill, Glenealy.

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