Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2891)

Catherine Connolly


2891. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if 5G enabling antenna infrastructure is being permitted via the new street lighting being installed in public spaces by local county councils nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32710/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

A Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project for participating local authorities is currently in the initial stages of being procured by the local government sector. I understand that new street lighting specification designed to future proof new lanterns with connectors that will allow for the attachment of other technical infrastructure equipment such as antennae for 5G infrastructure will be incorporated as part of the project. It is anticipated that an invitation to tender for the project will issue by early 2020.

I have no role in the procurement of this project, which is being led by the local government sector itself and is not being funded by my Department.