Sinn Féin TD and Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has today said that chronically poor broadband connectivity and speeds across Ireland are impacting the economy and denying people of essential services.
Responding to a study conducted by M-Lab which examines the quality of broadband in 200 countries, Teachta Doherty said Ireland’s ranking near the bottom of EU member states is a sign of a lost decade of investment.
The Donegal TD said: “For another year, Ireland ranks among the bottom of EU states in broadband connectivity and speeds. Having an expansive and cutting-edge digital infrastructure must be at the core of any modern economy in the years ahead.
“Due to a decade of chronic underinvestment, this growing problem is undermining our economic potential and denying Irish citizens of essential services.
“The coming budget is about political choices. With uncertain times ahead, Sinn Féin will choose to prioritise investment in infrastructure and in vital public services to secure long-term and sustainable economic growth.”