Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said “the people of Rural Ireland have run out of patience with Fine Gael over the party’s shambolic handling of the the National Broadband Plan.”
The Ireland South MEP continued;
“For many people in the towns and villages I represent, the idea of proper broadband has become somewhat of a running joke. The topic is met with anger, laughter and eye-rolling. The fact of the matter is that there is zero confidence in Fine Gael to deliver.
“I have met with groups representing communities and businesses throughout my constituency who have conveyed utter desperation regarding the lack of functioning broadband. It impacts the daily lives of rural dwellers in terms of communications and education. It creates serious problems for the commercial sector in terms of attracting business and investment. Jobs and economic development are put in jeopardy because of the perpetual delays.
“The Taoiseach has said that the cost of the rollout of the plan will greatly exceed the original estimate while the tendering process, with only one bidder remaining, is an absolute mess.
“The public are entitled to know how much the project will actually cost and we need to know when the hundreds of thousands of homes without broadband will be connected.
“The people of rural Ireland are sick to their back teeth of promises on broadband. What they want and what they need is delivery.”