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News - Donegal Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin's Maria Doherty criticises the Goverment's broadband plan.

Speaking today after the announcement of the National Broadband Plan in Dublin Sinn Féin election candidate for Milford electoral area, Maria Doherty said " I said before Easter that the Government had a number of questions to answer on the actual realities of rolling out this broadband plan. Everyone rightly agrees that for rural Ireland to thrive it needs high speed broadband. The plan announced today asks more questions than answers them.  There is no date for roll out and after the state spending a fortune on it, it still will not own the network as it will be left in the hands of the consortium and when this happens it will be the consumer especially those in Rural Ireland that will be left to pick up the Bill. How much will this broadband cost to install for a householder and how much will cost for those in more isolated rural areas? This question must be answered as cost of living is already high and this might be another essential for living that rural Ireland has to pay a premium on.

Continuing Doherty said "the Government has never considered alternative methods with appropriate seriousness. They simply sought to plough on with their one privatised model, deaf to all concerns and suggestions. We in Sinn Féin have been advocating a network based on the existing ESB infrastructure that goes to every home in the country.  We need Broadband in Rural Ireland but even spending this much does not guarantee that it will work. No answers are forthcoming on when it will be rolled out and where it is coming to? This whole process has been chaotic from the start, taken after a bad tendering process that ended with no competitive element, and will not give the state the value for money and high-quality network that rural Ireland deserves.”

Ó Fearraigh welcomes Commitment from Irish Water to Reprioritise Falcarragh Watermains Replacement Programme but Calls for Clarity on Interim Measures

Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh has welcomed confirmation he has received today (Thursday) that Irish Water has agreed to expedite plans to replace the existing ageing mainswater network servicing Falcarragh.

 

It’s also been confirmed that the utility will meet with Donegal County Council next Wednesday (8th May) to outline how it plans to meet the supply needs of the area in the interim and ahead of these works being carried out.

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Sinn Féin has fought to protect Donegal from Brexit- Matt Carthy MEP

During his campaign visit to Donegal on Saturday, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said that he was standing in this election on his track record over the course of the past term. 
 
He said: “It was Sinn Féin’s presence and efforts in the European Parliament that put Ireland, and particularly, Donegal and the border region, at the heart of the Brexit process.
 
The threat of Brexit remains and so too does the need for an all-Ireland republican voice fighting Ireland in the EU”.
 
“I have been proud to represent Donegal and I have ensured that I was a regular visitor to the county, unlike other MEPs, and have raised the concerns and sought the solutions necessary for the people of Donegal.
 
“I am asking the voters of Donegal to allow me to continue fighting for Ireland, for our rural communities, fishers and farmers and to allow me to keep standing against the free rein of the banks and vultures. We can deliver a better, fairer, united Ireland in a radically reformed EU but we need the support of the people of Donegal to do so.”

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