The Telecommunications Services (Galway – Mayo) Bill is on the priority list of legislation for the new Dáil term. As Minister with responsibility for Digital Development the Telecommunications Services (Galway – Mayo) Bill is one of the key items of legislation under my remit.
The Bill will provide a right of access to the Galway – Mayo Telecommunications Duct which runs for 132 kilometres from Ballymoneen in Galway (situated approximately half-way between Athenry and Claregalway, north of the Monivea Road) and Bellanaboy, North County Mayo.
Funded by my Department, the duct was installed as part of the installation of the Corrib gas pipeline while Shell Ireland funded the cost of the installation of the fibre optic cable. The fibre optic cable, which has been largely completed, represents an investment of €750,000 which has been gifted to the State.
The Telecommunications Services (Galway – Mayo) Bill will enable us to operate and maintain a fibre optic network which will bring high-speed broadband to communities along the route.
I look forward to progressing this bill during this Dáil term. Once the legislation is passed my Department will procure and appoint a manager for this important infrastructure.