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School broadband roll-out for 2012 announced

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister Pat Rabbitte

This morning Minister Pat Rabbitte announced the roll-out during 2012 of broadband for schools in are Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Laois , Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. Speaking on Morning Ireland today Minister Rabbitte said the schools would have high speed broadband either in advance of schools coming back in September or during September.

Minister Rabbitte said: "The opportunity this morning to see how class room learning can be revolutionised by the availability and adoption of high-speed broadband, strengthens my conviction that we are delivering a strategic and worthwhile project that will delivering a strategic and worthwhile project that will be deliver significant long-term results from both an economic and social perspective. Despite our current economic difficulties, this significant investment in our current and future generation of school-children is money well spent."

The first counties to benefit from this initiative are Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Laois , Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. 200 more schools will be rolled out in 2013 and 250 in 2014.

The initiative is funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education. More information on the initiative can be found at this link.

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