McEntee continues to highlight the importance of Broadband

“As both a Minister and a local Meath East Constituency T.D. for Fine
Gael  I continue to impress on both Government and broadband service
providers the need for high speed quality broadband in our area,
especially for rural parts of Meath.  In this context I welcome the
fact that my colleague and neighbour from Co. Monaghan, Minister
Heather Humphreys is meeting with Local Authorities like Meath County
County Council this week to progress broadband roll out.  The
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
will also consult with relevant stakeholders during the course of its
work including LEADER groups, the Western Development Commission,
Údarás na Gaeltachta, & Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann” Minister Helen
McEntee has said.

“I’m delighted that the Minister’s Department will be working directly
with Meath County Council and other Local Authorities and agencies
around the country to eliminate any possible delays and progress a
number of positive initiatives, such as the development of Local
Digital Strategies, ahead of the roll out of rural broadband from
summer 2017. The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and
Gaeltacht Affairs will also be helping Meath County Council to develop
a digital strategy to identify the role that broadband can play in the
future economic and social development of Meath, as well as helping to
stimulate demand once the network is rolled out.  I will play my own
role too, as I have before, in working directly with individuals and
communities who approach me seeking help” stated the Minister for
Mental Health and Older People.

“Fine Gael nationally and myself locally are both very committed to
the National Broadband Plan, which aims to provide access to high
speed broadband to approximately 757,000 postal addresses, traversing
96% of the national land mass, which is equivalent to 100,000km of
road. The contracts for the National Broadband Plan will be officially
signed in summer 2017, and it is important to remove any obstacles to
broadband roll out before then – hence the meetings with local
Councils. It is essential that towns and villages in Meath are ready
for the delivery of high speed broadband and have the right tools to
maximise its impact once it arrives. Broadband is a vital part of Fine
Gael’s plans to revitalise rural Ireland. Access to high speed
broadband will open up a huge range of new economic and social
opportunities for communities in our Royal County” concluded Minister



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