08 Aug 2022

Election hopeful welcomes high-speed broadband rollout in Shannonbridge

Election hopeful welcomes high-speed broadband rollout in Shannonbridge

Election hopeful welcomes high-speed broadband rollout in Shannonbridge

Hughie Egan, Fine Gael local election candidate in the Birr/Ferbane Electoral Area has welcomed confirmation today that Eir intends to proceed as planned with the rollout of high-speed broadband in Shannonbridge.

“Offaly County Council has confirmed to me that they have held discussions with Eir engineers and that high-speed broadband will be installed in the coming months by Eir irrespective of the council’s village enhancement plans. Eir has confirmed its intention to complete the rollout as per its contractual obligations with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment."

“I have been contacted by a number of residents and business owners in Shannonbridge in recent days following reports that the rollout of high-speed broadband to the village could be delayed for potentially two years. Understandably any suggestion that the provision of broadband would be further delayed in Shannonbridge has caused huge disquiet in the village," Hughie said.

“I understand that there are plans to underground all overhead wires in the village as part of Offaly County Council’s enhancement plans for Shannonbridge under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. It was suggested that the installation of fibre optic cable to the village would be delayed pending completion of the enhancement works."

"I am really pleased that this matter has been resolved and that the residents and business owners can look forward to accessing this cutting edge high-speed broadband as soon as Eir contractors complete its installation in the coming months," Egan concluded.

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