Offaly TD expresses serious concern as eir withdraws from national broadband plan

The move could delay rural broadband service upgrades

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Offaly TD expresses serious concern as eir withdraws from national broadband plan

Sinn Fein TD, Carol Nolan has expressed serious concern over EIR's withdrawal from the government's broadband scheme, which comes months prior to the commencement of a state subsidised scheme to bring high-speed broadband to 450,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland.

"This latest development also casts serious doubts over the government's ability to deliver for rural Ireland and raises questions about their communications strategy," Carol said

It was anticipated that EIR would win the state contract given that they are the largest broadband provider in the state.

Deputy Nolan has called on Minister Ring, Minister for Rural Affairs and Community Development, to intervene immediately and to "play his part in delivering on the government's commitment to provide high speed broadband in rural Ireland where communities have been waiting for far too long for this basic infrastructure."