A Kerry TD says rural Ireland continues to be isolated as a result of the delay to the National Broadband Plan.
Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil says the government’s commitment to rural Ireland has been exposed, as the timeline for the broadband plan is delayed once again.
The Taoiseach had signalled that a decision on the National Broadband Plan would be announced before Easter.
Deputy Brassil says more than six years since it was first announced no plan has yet been announced, adding that the impact on homes, farms and businesses has been immense.
Deputy Brassil says as a result, generations have been left behind in Kerry.
He says broadband black spots have seen jobs and young people driven away with even simple tasks like downloading files proving difficult for rural communities.
The Fianna Fáil TD says the government seems to be failing to grasp the fact that broadband is not a luxury item, but a basic necessity.
He says the policies of Fine Gael continue to isolate residents in rural Ireland, with a broadband plan being no nearer to reality.
The delays to date are completely unacceptable and it is time for the government to deliver, according to Deputy Brassil.