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For the second successive year a scent of controversy has followed Mayo into a qualifier game.
IN HIS five years as a solo artist, Ciaran Lavery has clocked up more than 80 million streams on Spotify, while in 2016 he won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album Let Bad In.
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National Broadband Plan will take months not years, says Dep Naughton as she rubbishes reports of delays
Deputy Hildegarde Naughton has rubbished media reports on the length of delays to the National Broadband Plan, suggesting the setback will be months as opposed to years.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, yesterday launched a joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB that will see one gigabit broadband being delivered to 10 towns around the country including Castlebar and Westport.
Eighty-four locations across east Galway and Connemara will remain without high speed fibre optic broadband, with no guarantee that services will improve in the sort to medium term.
A civil servant received one of the coldest receptions ever afforded to a visitor at a Galway County Council meeting earlier this week when he gave a presentation on the National Broadband Plan. Sean Griffin from the Department of Communications was handed the unenviable task of delivering an update on the plan, and how it would affect long-suffering internet users in rural Galway. But it was unlikely that Mr Griffin had reckoned on a chamber packed with 39 irate councillors, each of whom was awarded time to speak on the contentious issue. And it was not pretty. At one stage the department representative was even accused of pedalling “happy pills’’ to pacify a bunch that were anything but happy.
The Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh, has reiterated that the National Broadband Plan process will look at prioritising broadband blackspots.
In the ten year period, commencing in 2001, the Social Protection budget increased by 266 per cent. The cumulative rate of inflation in that period was a mere 30 per cent.
Rural areas of Westmeath are to benefit from a minimum of 30mbps of broadband under the National Broadband Plan. That’s according to a representative of the Department of Communications who gave a presentation to members of Westmeath County Council last week.