If Mobile Phone Coverage Is This Bad, What Hope Is There For Broadband – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten to urgently investigate what measures his Department can take to combat increasingly poor mobile phone coverage. Deputy McGrath was speaking as frustration continues to grow in large parts of rural Ireland where consistent and reliable mobile coverage is practically non-existent: “Many of […]

AA Ireland. Report Highlights 2.47% Increase In Annual Cost Of Running A Home

After dropping for the first time in four years in 2015, the annual cost of owning and maintaining a family home has risen again to €16,611.14 – equating to about 45.39 per cent of the current average Irish national wage, according to figures issued today by AA Home Insurance. The AA carries out a detailed […]

‘Rural Ireland’ Is Far From Dead

‘Rural Ireland’ has the ability to become an economically powerful region in its own right, according to the director of one of the region’s key funding agencies which covers the Midlands region. With its key strengths of people, energy and resources connected, David Minton, director of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) believes that […]

Casa Systems Establishes International Operations In Limerick

Casa Systems, Inc. (Casa), a worldwide leader in next-generation ultra-broadband access technology, announced today that it has established international operations in Limerick, creating 50+ new jobs over 3 years. The move will allow the company to support its continued growth internationally, bringing it closer to its European customers and acting as a base for non-US […]

Rural Renewal Scheme’s Initial Funding Is A Pittance – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the funding being made available for The Town and Village Renewal Scheme as grossly insufficient and inadequate. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for the Gaeltacht Heritage and Rural Affairs Heather Humphries indicated that up to 200 rural towns and villages with populations less than 5000 people will […]

41 Thousand Tipp Homes Require Broadband Intervention – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the news that it will be at least June of 2017 before the Department of Communications will enter into formal contract negotiations with the winning bidder(s) for the National Broadband Plan Intervention (NBP) Strategy as deeply troubling.  The news comes on foot of a parliamentary question which Deputy McGrath […]

CIF Opinion Article: Lack Of Investment In Housing, Water And Broadband Will Cost Us For Generations

All parties involved in trying to form a government agree that solving the housing shortage will be a priority, it appears. However, the housing crisis cannot be solved without addressing Ireland’s infrastructure gap. Without addressing both, Ireland risks creating miserable and unsustainable communities cramped into the Greater Dublin region while our rural economy stagnates. A […]

IFA Calls For Greater Co-Operation By Service Providers To Deliver Better Mobile Phine & Broadband Coverage

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to demand a higher level of co-operation between mobile and broadband service providers in an attempt to address the significant levels of poor coverage in rural areas.   Speaking after a positive meeting with ComReg he said, “IFA’s […]

Broadband statement from Cllr. Séamus Morris

Dear Sir/Madam, Last week amid the charade of possible Government permutations and its rumored formation, and with the ongoing debacle of Irish water, Pearse Doherty, blasted the Governments multi-million euro ‘National Broadband Strategy’. This strategy, (or lack thereof it now appears) pledged to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, would have access […]

Broadband delay is a death knell for rural communities – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has castigated the acting Minister for Communications Alex White for overseeing what he has termed a disastrous stewardship of the roll-out of rural broadband. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed that the State’s National Broadband Plan may not be delivered for at least six years. “Yet again we are […]

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