08/05/19

Culture and Gaeltacht Ministers welcome Cabinet approval of National Broadband plan

  • Biggest investment in rural Ireland since electrification as preferred bidder appointed to National Broadband Plan
  • Transformational scheme brings high-speed broadband to 1.1M people – every home, business and farm
  • Rural Ireland will have same opportunities as urban areas

Ministers in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD and Sean Kyne TD today, welcomed the earlier Cabinet decision to approve the National Broadband Plan.

Minister Madigan said: “nationwide provision of high speed broadband has the potential to support creative industries developing in areas which may not be feasible today. We are already aware of the importance of high speed broadband for industries such as film and animation, with some very successful companies in this sector already based in rural areas.”

She added that “recent years have also seen significant changes in the way that people access film and TV productions and the successful implementation of the National Broadband Plan will allow all those living in rural Ireland improved availability of these services.  In addition, as we continue to invest in our Cultural Institutions, and particularly in digitisation of our collections, increasing the reach of broadband throughout Ireland will make these national treasures more readily accessible to all our citizens.”

Minister Kyne said: “Many Gaeltacht regions and inhabited offshore islands will particularly benefit from provision of high speed broadband – reinforcing our national policy of supporting Irish speaking and island communities to continue to live in these areas, through underpinning enterprise, opportunities to work from home, education and general social well-being.  By assisting Irish speakers to continue living in the Gaeltacht, the National Broadband Plan will support the implementation of the Government’s 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.”

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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