Thursday, 28 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
My question is for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It relates to the national broadband plan. The history of the national broadband plan is littered with broken promises and a failure to live up to commitments. The initial plan was that by the end of 2020, broadband services would have been delivered to the entire country. At present, 30,000 business premises and private residential homes in County Donegal are still waiting on the national broadband plan to deliver. That is one third of premises. Given that the new plan announced and signed last week has a final delivery date of 2027 and given the high percentage of affected homes and business premises in Donegal, will the Minister commit to ensuring that Donegal is prioritised in order that this large number of premises can start to be addressed? Will he also tell the House when the first homes will be connected?