Government sign contract for National Broadband Plan

The government has signed the contract for the National Broadband Plan.

It aims to bring high-speed internet to 1.1 million people, largely in rural Ireland.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton has tweeted that today is an “historic day for Ireland.”

He says it’s the biggest investment in country areas since rural electrification.

The first homes under this project are likely to be connected next year while work is set to begin this year on broadband hubs, which are communal workspaces in rural Ireland with access to high-speed internet.

The project will cost almost three billion euro.

333 Million Euro will be invested in the counties of Sligo Leitrim and Donegal.

It has been confirmed that €59m will be invested to deliver high-speed broadband to County Sligo.

As an initial step, the Government has published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county that will be connected to high-speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high-speed broadband.

The Sligo locations are


Achonry National School

Cartron Community Centre

Cloonloo National School

Coola Post Primary School

Corballa National School

Dromore West Central National School

Highwood Community Centre

Killavil Community Centre

Knockminna National School

Saint Patrick’s National School, Fermoyle

Scoil Asicus Naofa, Strandhill,

Saint Josephs National School, Ballure, Culleens,.”


The Government is to invest €46m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Leitrim


In Leitrim the hubs are situated at:


Aghanlish Community Centre, Kinlough


Askill Community Centre, Askill, Ballyshannon


Killargue Community Centre


Killenumery Hall


Newtownmanor Hall


Saint Michael’s Primary School, West Barrs, Glenfarne


Tea Shed, Largandoon, Glencar, Co. Leitrim



The Government will invest €128m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Donegal.  The local  Hubs in Donegal will include:


Leghowney Community Centre


Rathlin Knitwear, Malin Beg, Glencolmcille


Westbic, Ballymoon, Kilcar


General Election candidate and local Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed today’s developments and says it’s good news for rural Ireland.