Fears north west will be left behind when it comes to high-speed broadband

There are fears that rural areas in north Leitrim and south Donegal could be among those left behind when it comes to the provision of high-speed broadband.

That’s after the break-up of the consortium which was to provide the service to towns across the country.

It means Eir now has a monopoly on certain areas, mainly in the west and north west, including towns such as Manorhamilton, Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Stranorlar and Buncrana.

Sinn Fein spokesperson on rural affairs Deputy Martin Kenny of Sligo/Leitrim says the only way to provide broadband to rural areas is through the ESB: