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Brendan Howlin on the Irish Times podcast

Posted on February 02, 2017

 Listen below to the The Irish Times podcast with Brendan Howlin. In the podcast, Brendan chats to Hugh Linehan and Fiach Kelly about #LabourRebuild, our upcoming party conference and the state of social democracy in these changing times. Have a listen below,

 

 

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Rabbitte launches National Digital Strategy

Posted on July 11, 2013

The average Irish adult spends €116 per month online and 80% of the adult population shops online while business in the digital area grows ten times faster than the economy as a whole yet only 23 per cent of Irish companies do business online. To tackle this and more Minister Pat Rabbitte has announced the first phase of Ireland’s National Digital Strategy.

Minister Rabbitte said: “Governments tend to focus more on demand, why are 20 per cent of the population not online? Why are so many businesses not set up for ecommerce?

The first phase of the National Digital Strategy is focused on:

Stimulating the indigenous economy by helping small business to expand online

Support in preparing the next generation for future jobs and

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Minister Pat Rabbitte's Annual Report 2012

Posted on January 07, 2013

2012 Annual Report - Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Job-creation and growth are at the top of this Government's agenda. We are committed to creating the conditions and exploiting all the opportunities that will revitalise and secure the development of this country.

[Read Minister Rabbitte's Annual Report here.]

Energy policy in particular has a pivotal role in creating conditions for a return to economic growth and job creation, right across the country. But my brief as Minister ranges from energy to State assets, from postal services to oil and gas exploration, from broadcasting to broadband. Here is an outline of some of the issues I have been dealing with over the last 12 months.

[Read Minister Rabbitte's Annual Report here.]

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Budget 2013 - Warmer homes scheme maintained

Posted on December 10, 2012

Rabbitte_Interview - Minister Pat Rabbitte
Minister Pat Rabbitte

Budget 2013 saw current spending being largely maintained at 2012 levels with Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

There has been an increase in funding for the roll out of fast broadband to secondary schools by €1m (to €3m) as 200 more schools are provided with 100Mbps broadband bringing the total number of schools connected to 500 (the remaining 250 schools will be connected in 2014).

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Minister Rabbitte on the forthcoming digital TV switchover

Posted on October 02, 2012

Recent surveys have shown that 94 per cent of people are aware of the impending digital tv switchover which will take place later this month on October 24th. While this figure is encouraging there are still people are who not aware that unless they make the switch from analogue to digital tv they will lose their channels. We spoke to Minister Pat Rabbitte about what people can do to make sure they're ready which you can hear about from the video. Minsiter Rabbitte also urged people not to wait until the last minute to make the switch.

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Getting connected - National Broadband Plan for Ireland announced

Posted on August 30, 2012

Minister Pat Rabbitte - At the Silver Surfer Awards where he announced funding for digital skills training
At the Silver Surfer Awards where he announced funding for digital skills training

Getting online will be a lot easier thanks to the new national broadband plan launched by Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte. Representing another 'click' off the Programme for Government, the provision of quality broadband has always been a key issue for the Labour Party, under this plan high speed broadband will at last be rolled out across the entire country.

Launching the envisaged €175 million plan Minister Rabbitte said, "I want everyone in Ireland to have access to at least 30mbps download speeds no matter how rural their home or business. In addition I'm setting a higher target of at least 40mbps for many areas outside the cities.

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Deputy's statement on ACTA is confused

Posted on July 05, 2012

Minister Sean Sherlock

Deputy Ferris' statement on ACTA is confused and shows a lack of understanding - Minister Sean Sherlock responds:

ACTA and the Statutory Instrument are two different things. I never signed ACTA. The Statutory instrument was signed by the Government. I believe that Deputy Ferris is confusing ACTA with the signing of a Statutory Instrument. The Government amended the Copyright Act (SI). I am not sure if Deputy Ferris is deliberately confusing the two issues, I suspect that the Sinn Fein PR machine doesn't actually understand the difference between the two issues at hand.

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Minister Rabbitte's report to conference

Posted on April 14, 2012

Minister Pat Rabbitte's report to conference

As Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has a wide brief that ranges from energy security to State assets, from postal services to oil and gas exploration, from broadcasting to broadband. Here is a short list of just some of the issues he has dealt with since coming to office.

Next generation broadband

Pat set up and chairs a high level taskforce on next generation broadband, comprising the CEOs of the main telecoms in the Irish market and senior departmental officials.

The taskforce has finished its work and Pat will now bring forward proposals to assist investment in broadband infrastructure and to accelerate delivery of bigger and faster broadband to more places as soon as possible.

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School broadband roll-out for 2012 announced

Posted on March 06, 2012

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.

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Labour makes good on election promise to upgrade IT in schools

Posted on February 06, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister Pat Rabbitte

Today's announcement of the rollout of high speed broadband for all second level schools follows Labour's commitment in our election manifesto to upgrade IT in schools.

Minister Pat Rabbitte and Minister Ruairi Quinn announced the national roll-out which will see all schools being connected by 2014. It follows a successful pilot project involving 78 second-level schools where the use of broadband has been shown to have improved both teaching and learning.

Welcoming the roll-out the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said: "We need to ensure that appropriate digital technology and high-speed internet are in place in our schools as a basic building block to deliver a 21st century learning experience to all learners."

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