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Minister discusses issues over broadband access

February 6th, 2015 4:55 PM

By Southern Star Team

Deputy McCarthy with members of the group who met Minister Alex White on Saturday in Dunmanway.

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

Alex White, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, was in West Cork at the weekend to discuss deficiencies with the region’s broadband service.

Speaking to The Southern Star after the meeting in his constituency office on Saturday morning, the Labour TD, Michael McCarthy, said: ‘I am well aware that a number of business people and homeowners in West Cork had expressed a concern about the broadband service and I asked Minister White to meet these people directly to discuss their concerns.’

The minister met a number of people including Joe Keane, the manager of Rowa Pharmaceuticals, a company that had been experiencing problems with its Internet access; Fionnbar Walsh the manager of The Maritime Hotel in Bantry; and Aiden McCarthy and Neil Clarke, also from Bantry,

The minister also discussed the poor broadband service with Michael Twomey of Rapid Broadband in Clonakilty and Brendan Hurley of Digital Forge in Schull, as well as Millie Preece and Gerald O’Sullivan of West Cork Offline.

Mr McCarthy described the meeting as ‘very productive’ and he said Minister White gave an undertaking to discuss the issues with senior officials in his department.

The Labour TD said: ‘It is imperative that businesses and domestic users in West Cork have access to high-speed broadband. I look forward to continuing to work with Minister White on this.’

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