Offaly's Grand Canal Greenway to get free public Wi-Fi
A public Wi-Fi system on 71km of the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly is one of 13 pilot initiatives to benefit from a €450,000 fund announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD.
Minister Ring announced funding of €453,800, under the Department’s Digital Innovation Programme, for thirteen digital initiatives that will support rural and urban communities.
The Digital Innovation Programme, introduced this year by the Department of Rural and Community Development, provides funding for original and innovative local authority led digital projects, allowing them to be piloted before they are scaled up or replicated elsewhere in the country.
The Digital Innovation Programme will fund projects in Galway City, Donegal, Dublin City, Sligo, Offaly, Kerry, Tipperary, Fingal, Wicklow, Mayo and Westmeath.
In Offaly, €40,000 will be spent installing a public Wi-Fi system on the Grand Canal Greenway. "This initiative will further support cycling tourism in the county and promote the attractions along the Greenway," Minister Ring said.
“These projects will be undertaken in rural and urban settings and will place the needs of the citizen at the heart of digital innovation," Minister Ring added.
“These initiatives address a diverse range of issues, but are all linked by the innovative use of digital technology and infrastructure to bring real, tangible benefits to local communities. The creativity and collaboration that has gone into their design is highly impressive.”
“The projects being announced today build on an initial five projects approved under the Digital Innovation Programme in September. The lessons learned from each of these projects will be shared with other local authorities, allowing each initiative to be scaled up or replicated effectively and efficiently," Minister Ring added.
“I wish the local authorities well with their projects and look forward to celebrating their successes. I hope to announce further approvals under the Digital Innovation Programme in the coming months.”