Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites

9:30 am

Mr. Mark Griffin:

Can the committee hear me? Yes. I am sorry. The technology is not just problematic in Wicklow, but up in Adelaide Road as well. I should be clear that is Adelaide Road not Adelaide Street.

On the issue of hubs, we had set out with a view to putting in place 284 broadband connection points. These were public points. As of 1 October, 238 were connected, 219 of which were connected through the Vodafone methodology. We expect to have the full 284 connected by the end of the year. A broader programme is being led out of the Minister, Deputy Humphrey's Department, the Department of Rural and Community Development. I refer to the connected hubs initiative. A great amount of work is being done by the Western Development Commission and the Atlantic economic corridor group. We will have the 284 fully done by the end of this year. National Broadband Ireland, NBI, delivery for 200 primary schools will be fully completed by the end of this year.