Businesses in Sligo and Letterkenny can now apply to avail of new highspeed internet

Sligo and Letterkenny are included in the government’s plans to provide highspeed broadband to 15 rural towns around the country.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched Vodafone and SIRO’s national Gigabit Hub Initiative, which aims to spark a digital transformation in 15 towns across Ireland.

In a statement today, the department says the initiative is now open to hubs based in 15 towns – Dundalk, Cavan town, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Wexford town, Drogheda, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Tralee and Carlow town.

The application process is now open and will run until Friday 21st April. Hubs interested in applying for the 1 Gigabit broadband connection can find out more about the initiative and register their interest at

This unique initiative has been designed to replicate the success of the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which is powered by 1 Gigabit internet connection thanks to SIRO, the joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone.  Officially launched in August 2016 by Minister O’Connor, Ludgate is firmly on course to help create 500 jobs in the West Cork region over the next five years.

Anne O’Leary who’s chief executive of Vodafone Ireland says it’s very exciting and has the potential to create many jobs: