Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (147)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

147. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of schools that currently avail of the 100 Mbps to schools project; if he will provide a breakdown by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9969/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

All post-primary schools will have a 100Mbps broadband connection installed by the end of 2014, through a project jointly funded by my Department and the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

In 2009, under the initial pilot phase of this project, a total of 78 post-primary schools, were provided with 100Mbps broadband connectivity.

The national rollout, which commenced in 2012, will be completed on an incremental basis. In 2012 some 202 schools were identified for connection, completing all post primary schools across 14 Counties. Those Counties included Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.

A further 216 schools will be connected during 2013 with a formal announcement on the locations to be made in the coming weeks. The remaining post-primary schools, approximately 250, will be provided with a 100Mbps broadband connection by end 2014.

A breakdown by County of the number of schools that currently avail of the 100Mbps to schools project is detailed in the table:

County

Number of Schools

Carlow

2

Cavan

11

Clare

19

Cork

4

Donegal

26

Dublin

20

Galway

48

Kerry

1

Kildare

3

Kilkenny

1

Laois

9

Leitrim

6

Limerick

4

Longford

9

Louth

18

Mayo

28

Meath

2

Monaghan

13

Offaly

11

Roscommom

8

Sligo

14

Tipperary

1

Waterford

3

Westmeath

16

Wexford

3

Wicklow

1

Total

280