Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Rural and Community Development

National Broadband Plan

Christopher O'Sullivan (Cork South West, Fianna Fail)
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668. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the establishment of a network of broadband connection points in south western areas of County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43594/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are among the first deliverables of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to publicly accessible sites in rural and isolated areas of the country, including a number of our off-shore islands.

These sites will be provided with a temporary wireless connection by National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company contracted to deliver the NBP. This connection will remain in situ until the sites have been given a permanent connection under the NBP.

Potential BCP sites are identified by the Local Authorities and are then assessed for suitability. Site identification is a continuous and ongoing process. If there are sites that could be considered for inclusion, they should be bought to the attention of the Local Authority Broadband Officer in the first instance.

Accepted sites are provided with the initial connectivity by NBI and are then passed to Vodafone Ireland to install their equipment to provide broadband services to the site.

As of 10 December 2020, 162 sites had the initial connection established by NBI, and 133 of these had been passed to Vodafone for installation. Vodafone had installed their equipment at 113 of these sites up to last Thursday and are continuing with their installations.

There are 18 BCPs planned for Cork, 7 of which are now operational. Details are provided on the table below.

It is my intention to have approximately 300 public access BCPs live and operational in early 2021. The locations and contact details for all live BCPs can be found at

Table 1 - BCPs planned for Co. Cork

Site Name EIRCODE County Installed
Ballindangan Community Centre P67W562 CORK Y
GLASH COMMUNITY CENTRE, P51W024 CORK
BALLYDALY COMMUNITY HALL P51DP95 CORK
AGHABULLOGUE COMMUNITY CENTRE P12CD51 CORK Y
CASTLETOWNKENNEIGH COMMUNITY CENTRE P47YR96 CORK Y
Aubane Community Centre P51EP49 CORK
MEALAGH VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE P75K253 CORK
BERE ISLAND HERITAGE CENTRE P75W660 CORK Y
SHERKIN ISLAND COMMUNITY HALL P81AE02 CORK
Coláiste Phobal Cléire P81P627 CORK
Lissavard Community Centre P85W840 CORK Y
WHITECHURCH COMMUNITY CENTRE T34RR58 CORK Y
Laharn Heritage Centre P51FK44 CORK
COURTBRACK COMMUNITY CENTRE T23NH22 CORK
T.O. PARK LABBAMOLLAGA V35E895 CORK Y
Inch Community Centre P36RC43 CORK
CLOGAGH COMMUNITY HALL P72KF65 CORK
The Old Mill P51 F9PX CORK

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