We don’t need no steeenking broadband!

Or at least, that’s pretty much how a special Dail (parliamentary) committee thinks the Government has approached this apparently exotic concept of promoting the growth in use of high speed internet connections. You know, that stuff that underpins a healthy economy, shows your population is engaged and well able for a world that is communications-based, one could go so far as to say, shows you are part of a knowledge-based economy and society!

But, no, says the Oireachtas Communications Committee in a condemning report. Says Reuters:

The committee said it was disappointed that no action has been taken on the 12 recommendations published in its March 2004 report, the biggest-ever public debate on the broadband issue.

Chairman Noel O’Flynn said the neither Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey nor his department had discussed the report with the committee. “Sadly I have to say that in the two years since that launch, almost no account has been taken of the recommendations contained in that committee report,” he said.

“It is safe to conclude that progress has been almost non-existent and where there has been progress it has been in spite of rather than due to proactive management and policies by the stakeholders.”

Oh come on, you nattering nabobs of negativism, it’s only been two years! These things take time! Policies must age first like fine wines, in order to be uncorked at some future date when… hey, vinegar is useful too! Makes great salad dressing. And listen, if dial up access was fine for your mothers and fathers, then it will be fine for you too, children of Ireland!

6 Comments so far

  1. auld dubliner (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 8:35 am

    What about wireless? How do you view that? Is that not the way to go as they say? And most people in Ireland because of the high cost of phone calls and line rentals are turning to mobiles.

  2. Justin Mason (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    It certainly is atrocious. I’ve just returned after 3 years in California, to find Eircom _still_ holding a virtually-unchallenged monopoly over broadband connections in my local area. What’s on offer is truly _crap_ by international standards…

  3. Damien Mulley (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    I was at the press conference/launch. They were harsh on the Minister and his Dept. and rightfully so. The FF chair of the Committee went to far as to say we got worse in the past two years not better. The Minister countered with a press release disagreeing with the findings.

    The Minister talks about our great progress because the Govt blew a tonne of money on Metropolitan Area Networks that don’t do much and have at most got 3-4000 people broadband. 100m divided by 3000 means something like 33k per broadband connection. Ouch. Great way to spend taxpayer money

  4. Knucklehead (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    Anyone remember the great days when Ireland was to become the “e-hub” of Europe?

    Looks like the “e” was for eejit.

  5. Daragh Mc Grath (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 2:36 pm


    This has got to be one of the best ever lines I’ve seen…”Oh come on, you nattering nabobs of negativism”. Still trying to regain my composure, well done! :)

  6. Mark Dowling (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 12:18 am


    maybe you need to get the ESB on the case? Toronto Hydro is creating a massive wifi network to serve “smart” electricity meters but will also have public access.


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