Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said her party will move a Dáil motion seeking to appoint ESB to deliver high speed broadband to every home, farm and business in rural Ireland.
Speaking in Monaghan this afternoon Ms McDonald said;
“This out of touch government is damaging rural Ireland. Cavan and Monaghan are no different with upwards of 240 children on mental health waiting lists, approximately 833 children awaiting occupational therapy and 633 children waiting for speech and language.
“There are upwards of 1500 families waiting on the housing list and over 15 and a half thousand homes and businesses in Cavan and Monaghan have no access to high speed broadband.
“Fianna Fáil are facilitating the government and allowing this to continue.
“The National Broadband Plan is flawed and will not deliver what is needed.
“Micheál Martin says he wouldn’t sign this plan but he won’t do anything about it. This is typical Fianna Fáil – words but no action.
“Well, here’s a challenge to Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil. Sinn Féin will move a private members motion in the Dáil which calls for the appointment of ESB to deliver high speed broadband to every home, farm and business in rural Ireland.
“This would ensure the infrastructure stays in public ownership, it would deliver value for money and, crucially, it would finally deliver high quality broadband for rural communities.
“It is time for Fianna Fáil to put up or shut up. They should support Sinn Féin’s motion.”