Kilkenny left out of EU grants list for free wifi

Sean Keane

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Sean Keane

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sean.keane@kilkennypeople.ie

Kilkenny left out of  EU grants list for free wifi

Kilkenny County Council offices

Kilkenny is not among the successful applicants for the European WiFi initiative, WiFi4EU announced today. This is despite the fact that Kilkenny County Council did apply for funding for the initiative.

A total of 21 local authorities, excluding Kilkenny County Council, will share in €885,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the country. This funding comes in the form of vouchers, worth €15,000 each, distributed to the successful local authorities.

Speaking today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney stated: “This is a fantastic result for Ireland, Irish local authorities applied for 105 vouchers and secured 59 of them. This will bring free WiFi hotspots to many public spaces throughout the country and will vastly improve connectivity in communities.

@I am also very pleased to confirm that the Department of Rural and Community Development will match all successful vouchers with a further allocation of up to €15,000. I hope that this contribution will help local authorities in developing an even more substantial network of free public WiFi hotspots.”