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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 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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Stability Treaty canvas continues at apace

Posted on May 17, 2012

Canvassing in Dublin South

Canvassing for the Stability Treaty is continuing at apace with Labour members and reps knocking on doors all over the country to secure a Yes vote in the forthcoming vote. We spoke to a few of our TDs to find out how the canvas in their areas is going. Minister Joe Costello is going door to door every night and all weekend. He said: "The response on the doors has been very good and very positive, people are pleased to see us and like to be asked about how they vote. They have been very willing to engage in the arguments around the Stability Treaty. It has been a great and positive experience."

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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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Minister Pat Rabbitte speaking about the Government's first year

Posted on March 16, 2012

In the last video of our series featuring Labour Ministers talking about the Government's first year Minister Pat Rabbitte talks to us about the Government's first year, the work he has been doing and what is happening in the coming months. Watch what he said in the video.

The previous video from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is available at this link and the video from Minister Kathleen Lynch at this link, Minister Joe Costello at this link, Minister Ruairi Quinn at this link, Minister Brendan Howlin at this link, Minister Alan Kelly at this link and Minister Roisin Shortall at this link.

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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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Minister Rabbitte speaking on the Moriarty Tribunal

Posted on March 30, 2011

In the accompanying video you can see Minister Pat Rabbitte speaking on the Moriarty Tribunal in the Dáil earlier. You can also read what he said in our media centre.

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