Editorial: Broadband geo-divide

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Brian Keyes

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Limerick village 'left out' of high speed broadband link-up

It should not be a societal norm that there’s a geo-divide of broadband in this country.

When government and indeed business starts talking about years in terms of digital policies, you know you’re in trouble.

And that’s what rural Ireland has been listening to for a while now - with last week’s news of the withdrawal of Eir from the tendering process a further blow to getting broadband online nationally.

It is no longer a plausible argument for the government to pat themselves on the back for their policies on the development of rural Ireland and not expedite this broadband roll out.

A number of years back the local Kilkenny Leader Partnership recognised the need to bring an innovative broadband technology here, one that was connecting large parts of rural China. It goes to show that the ways and means are always available to us in some format.

Nine out of every ten jobs created in the last ten months is outside Dublin - and Kilkenny’s unemployment rate has dipped by 13% in that time.

It is imperative that rural counties have an internet that can cater to this growth. More isolated communities too also have the right to fast-internet. It should not be a societal norm that there’s a geo-divide of broadband in this country. Rural counties are the arteries of this nation.

The late Seamus Pattison

This week, Kilkenny city and county mourns the passing of one of its most honoured and admired sons - the quietly spoken Seamus Pattison who rose to one of the highest political offices in the land.

A former Ceann Comhairle, and fondly known as Father of the Dail, Seamus spent more than half of his 81 years on this earth as a true public servant.

A Labour party stalwart, he was an advocate for all people’s rights and his door was open to all. A multi office holder, Seamus was a politician when you could hold both a council and Dail seat, even a European one.

No matter how great the demands or how lofty the titles, Seamus Pattison never strayed from his roots.

He saw the people of this city and county as in his care - and he was loved for it here in Kilkenny and admired nationwide.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.