Friday, January 28, 2022

Mayo TD Dara Calleary is unhappy with the delay in the rollout in the National Broadband Plan in East Mayo.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Deputy Calleary questioned Minister of State for Public Procurement Ossian Smyth about what he feels is an unacceptable delay in the region.

He cites the Coolnaha/Carnbeg region as an example, which is an area that has three entrepreneurial homegrown businesses that export internationally but they do not have fibre optic broadband. In the community, Ballyhaunis for example does not have a bank, there has been a move to online banking as banks have been forced to close.

Deputy Calleary says, “I’m actually rapidly losing confidence in the rollout of the National Broadband Plan. I just want to give you an example of a community in East Mayo, a very entrepreneurial community but also one with many families living in it. Within this community there are three companies who exported internationally, homegrown, and we have been working for some time with National Broadband Ireland (NBI) to try and get a sense of when fibre connection will go into these companies.

“And into the community, a community that in recent times lost all of its banking services. Online banking, we’re told to do that, all the Gov.ie services, do them online. NBI came back and they told us it will be done between January 2025 and December 2026. Minister, that’s not a window, that’s a conservatory. That just shows a lack of ambition.

“I am concerned that we are coming to the last weekend in January and we don’t know what’s going to happen with connections for 2022. The whole excuse has to stop now. We keep getting emails saying, ‘we’re in your area’, but jobs could be potentially lost here. I have one company who want to invest in an ERP system, a state of the art technical system, but they cannot do that because they cannot get interaction even with NBI.”

You can watch Deputy Calleary’s full exchange with Minister Smyth below:

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