Call to rectify broadband issues in Cork; access crucial for economic survival 

Call to rectify broadband issues in Cork; access crucial for economic survival 

Councillor Gillian Coughlan said that as a teacher, she finds it difficult to get work to and from students, and has said many people who are working are facing the same issues.

Broadband has become a huge issue for many people in Co Cork when it comes to working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a county councillor.

Councillor Gillian Coughlan said that as a teacher, she finds it difficult to get work to and from students, and has said many people who are working are facing the same issues.

She called for the county council to contact the Department of Communications, and some individual broadband companies to see if some of the issues can be rectified.

“This country is going to be in this situation for at least the next month. Students are studying for Leaving Cert exams. Teachers are putting work up for primary and secondary schools students. People are working from home, and people are using the internet for entertainment as well,” she said.

However, she said people need to be able to be productive while working from home.

A number of councillors echoed Ms Coughlan’s sentiment, while Councillor John Paul O’Shea said that the issue is one that has been raised with and by the Taoiseach’s department. “There is extra demand on the services, and they’re working with the Department of Communications and ComReg in relation to providing additional capacity.”

Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey said: “Broadband is not just for now, it’s about the future of our county. I think the country is going to change in terms of its economy and the manner in which we’ll be working in the future. It has brought the broadband matter right to the forefront in terms of how to enable the economy to respond (to the Covid-19 pandemic) and the opportunities for towns and villages to survive into the future.”

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