IFA General Secretary Pat Smith and Head of IT Development, Ethan Cleary, today met with EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Regional Development Corina Cretu and Minister for Communications Alex White. This meeting was held to highlight the need to develop an affordable high-speed fibre broadband network for every home and business in rural Ireland to ensure rural Ireland keeps developing.
IFA General Secretary Pat Smith stated that high-speed fibre broadband to rural Ireland will create greater opportunities for people to live and work anywhere, while also facilitating the development of sustainable export-driven businesses across the country. Providing fibre broadband across rural Ireland would enable a raft of new services that would help to address the many issues impacting on rural people and farmers, including rural security and farm safety.
Mr. Smith welcomed the financial commitment both Commissioners have given to supporting the rollout of the National Broadband Plan. Mr. Smith feel that under the direction of Ministers Alex White and Ann Phelan, the Department of Communications that the Government’s commitment to provide a high speed service to all homes and businesses by 2020 is on track .
Concluding, the IFA General Secretary said that IFA would hold the Government to this commitment to rural Ireland.