Parish priest outlines necessities of Government investments in “essential services” like Broadband.
The lack of broadband in some parts of rural Ireland is having a severely negative impact on local communities, priests working at the coalface have warned.
Fr John Joe Duffy, parish priest in Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, told The Irish Catholic that the “present lack of broadband is having a severely negative impact on local families and businesses”.
“Broadband is extremely slow in some areas and almost non-existent in some parts of the county. It’s having a severely negative impact on Co. Donegal. It’s hampering development and job creation and stifling growth,” he insisted.
Fr Duffy said that without sufficient investment in “essential services”, such as broadband, by the Government, certain parts of rural Ireland would be “left behind”.
“There is great talk about recovery but it’s very much two-tiered from what I can see. There are places in some parts of the country that are being provided with services but there seems to be an overall lack of commitment to providing essential services such as broadband in rural parts of Ireland,” he said.
Sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil SJ described the lack of broadband in certain parts of country as a “scandal”.
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