Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78)

Emer Higgins

Question:

52. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Wicklow in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6640/21]

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Emer Higgins

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53. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Dublin in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6641/21]

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Emer Higgins

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54. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Meath in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6642/21]

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Emer Higgins

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55. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Tipperary in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6643/21]

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Emer Higgins

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56. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Galway in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6644/21]

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Emer Higgins

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57. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Roscommon in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6645/21]

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Emer Higgins

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58. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Longford in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6646/21]

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Emer Higgins

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59. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Westmeath in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6647/21]

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Emer Higgins

Question:

60. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Offaly in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6648/21]

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Emer Higgins

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61. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Waterford in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6649/21]

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Emer Higgins

Question:

62. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Leitrim in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6650/21]

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Emer Higgins

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63. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Sligo in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6651/21]

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Emer Higgins

Question:

64. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Cavan in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6652/21]

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Emer Higgins

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65. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Monaghan in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when surveying in the county will be complete; and when the first connections will be made. [6653/21]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

70. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Donegal in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6772/21]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

71. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Mayo in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6773/21]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

72. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Clare in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6774/21]

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Brendan Griffin

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73. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Kerry in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6775/21]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

74. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Limerick in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6776/21]

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Brendan Griffin

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75. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Cork in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6777/21]

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Brendan Griffin

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76. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Wexford in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6778/21]

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Brendan Griffin

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77. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Carlow in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6779/21]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

78. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the areas of County Kilkenny in which surveying for the national broadband plan is taking place or has taken place; when it is envisaged surveying in the county will be complete; and when it is anticipated that the first connections will be made. [6780/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 to 65, inclusive, and 70 to 78, inclusive, together.

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within the Intervention Area which covers 1.1 million people living and working in the over 544,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms along with 695 schools. The deployment plan forecasts construction commenced in all counties within the first 2 years and over 90% of premises in the State having access to high speed broadband within the next four years.

I am advised by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) that, as of 22 January 2021, over 166,000 premises across all counties have been surveyed under the National Broadband Plan. The following table sets out those areas where surveys have been completed or surveys are underway in each of the counties referenced in the Questions.

County

Surveys Completed/Surveying Underway

Carlow

Downings, Ballymurphy, Coppenagh, Killerig, Friarstown, Slaney Quarter, Kilmagarvoge, Muinebheag, Ballinkillen, Garryhill, Knockdrumagh, Drumphea, Coshill, Borris, Ballyphenan, Ballymurphy, Tinnecarrig, Goolin, Ballyling, Glynn, St Mullins, Hollybrook, Myshall, Lismaconly, Cappawater.

Cavan

Ballinagh, Corlurgan, Araghan, Poles, Caughoo, Belturbet, Killashandra, Butler’s Bridge, Ballylennon, Redhills, Gannons Cross, Derryheelan, Castlesaunderson, Townparks, Foalies Bridge, Riverrun, Erne Hill.

Clare

Cratloe, Ballycannan, Ballyglas, Cloghrea, Kilkishen, Sixmilebridge, Kilmurry, Broadford, Clontra.

Cork

Midelton, Cullen, Templebreedy, Carrigaline, Ballyfoyle, Douglas, Ballyphehane, Glasheen, Mahon, Kilpatrick, Ballydesmond, Kiskeam, Umeraboy, Knocknagree, Rineen, Cullen, Coolinarna, Millstreet, Hollymount, Caherbarnagh.

Donegal

Milford, Letterkenny, Ramelton, Termon, Ballymacool, Kilmacrennan, Mullaghfin, Tommyscroft.

Dublin

Areas around Fingal, Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Ongar, Chapelizod, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Bluebell, Finglas, Skerries, Balbriggan.

Galway

Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Claregalway, Furbo, Barna, areas around Ballinasloe (including Kiltomer, Oatfield, Annagh, Kilconnell and Ahascragh), Inverin, Spiddal, Bealadangan, Costelloe, Rossaveel, Derroe, Carraroe, Sruthan, Loughrea, Kilnadeema, Kilchreest, Clostoken, Carrabane, Bullaun, Kilreekill, Heathlawn.

Kerry

Townlands around Killarney (including Muckross, Fossa, Kilcummin, Lissivigeen, Ballycasheen, Faha, Firies and Ballyhar), Tralee, Curraheen, Abbeydorney, Kilflynn, Firies, Castlemaine, Ardfert, Rathmore, Knocknacopple, Mounthorgan, Kilquane Upper, Barraduff, Cloonteens, Gneevgullia, Tureenamult, Renasup, Castlegregory, Aughacasla, Camp, Knockbrack, Maum, Lougher, Inch, Annascaul, Derrygorman, Ballyglasheen, Brackluin, Ballintarmon, Drom, An Clochan, Kilshannig, Fahamore, Candeehy, Breanainn, Ballyheigue, Glenderry, Ladywell, Banna, Lerrig, Ballymacandrew, Causeway, Foxfort, Ballymacaquinn, Ballincloher, Dromartin, Beenconeen.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny, Grevine, Creenkill,Castlewarren, Cellarstown, Bennetsbridge, Brownstown, Drumerrin, Kilcreen, Lyrath, Tullowglass, Tullaroan, Dicksborough, Sheepstown, Templemartin.

Leitrim

Areas around Carrick-on Shannon.Tullybeg, Leitrim Village, Mong, Foxborough, Lismannagh, Drumsha, Clogher, Drishoge, Lisnagat.

Limerick

Killalee, Caherline, Ballynanty, Pallaskenny, Toreen, Old Kildimo, Askeaton, Adare, Croagh, Rathkeale, Kilfinny, Croom, Ballingarry, Patrickswell, Crecora, Banogue Cross, Granagh, Lees Cross, Ballykennedy.

Longford

Drumlish, Ennybegs, Moat Farrell, Cullyfad, Longford Town, Newtownforbes, Cloondara, Stonepark, Ardagh, Moydow, Kilashee.

Mayo

Aghagower, Ballyhean, Breaghwy, Burren, Castlebar, Clogher, Cloonkeen, Croaghmoyle, Islandeady, Killavally, Manulla, Pontoon, Strade, Tawnynagry, Turlough, Drumsheen, Bunnyconnellan, Ballina Town, Carrowntreila, Ardagh, Campbells Crossroads, Rosserk, Shanvoley, Derryhick, Kilhale, Tawnylaheen, Turlough, Ballyvary, Keeloges, Castlebar Town, Rinnaseer, Bellaburke, Killawullaun Mountain, Carn, Carnacon, Ballyglass, Belcarra, Balla, Ringarraun, Newport, Carrowbeg, Inishgort, Inishcottle, Myna, Fahy, Ashbridge, Glenisland, Srahmore, Glenhest, Comploon, Slogger, Tawnameeltoge.

Meath

Gormanstown, Stamullan, Kilbride, Kilcloon, Clonee and Dunboyne.

Monaghan

Cornacassa, Cortolvin, Ballybay, Stranooden, Mullinahinch, Bellanode, Drumhilock, Tydavnet, Cloughnart, Scotstown and Killymarley, Drumcru, Stonebridge, Tiernahinch, Clones, Annalore, Kileevan, Drumullan, Newbliss, Cumber, Scotshouse, Clonowla, Clonagore, Clonooney.

Offaly

Brosna, Shinrone, Mount Heaton and areas close to the county boundary with Tipperary.

Roscommon

Ballymurray, Athleague, Castlecoote, Donamon, Ballymacurley, Lackan, Kilroosky, Fourmilehouse.

Sligo

Ballintogher, Ballysadare, Calry, Carney, Collooney, Drumcliff, Kilmacowen, Rosses Point, Rahaberna, Lisduff, the outskirts of Sligo town, Clogherevagh, Tobercurry, Ballymote, Sligo Town, Enniscrone, Aghamore Near, Carrowcrin, Strandhill, Culshera, Kilmactranny.

Tipperary

Tipperary (and the surrounding townlands of Aherloe, Ballinalard and Bansha), Roscea, Cashel, Townspark, Boherlahan, Goolds Cross, Knockavilla, Garrenroe, Camus Bridge, Golden, Shanballa, Dogstown, Racecourse Cross, Rosegreen, Knockbrett, Mayfield, Boscobell, Dualla.

Waterford

Waterford, Ballinakill, Cheekpoint, Waterford City, Passage East, Kilmeaden, Dunmore East, Tramore.

Westmeath

Mullingar, Sonna, Stonehall, Taghmon, Jamestown, Hopestown, and Athlone

Wexford

Castle Ellis, Kilbride, Ballyhuskard, Bridgetown, Whitechurch, Taghmon, Ballykelly, Barntown, Castlebridge, Bunclody, Clohamon, Kilmyshall, Ballyroebuck, Ballybeg, Tombrack, Ferns, Ballycarney, Castledockrell, Kiltealy, Ballindaggan, Templeshanbo, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Davidstown, Courtnacuddy, Rathnure, Killann, Caim.

Wicklow

Powerscourt, Kilmacanoge, Calary, Greystones, Newcastle, Delgany, Killiskey, Glenealy, Kilcoole, parts of Roundwood, Townlands in Blessington Area, Lackan, Lugglass, Hollywood, Rathdrum, Redcross, Tigroney, Bardarrig, Cloghogue, Johnstown, Templerainey, Barranisky, Brittas Bay, Three-Mile-Water, Ballykippogue, Kilcoole, Blainroe, Tubbervilla, Glenealy, Hawkstown, Dunbur, Wicklow Town, Rathnew.

Surveying is the first step towards delivering the new fibre network and involves physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables and underground ducts in each area. This informs design solutions for provision of the fibre network to each and every premises in the surveyed area and leads to detailed designs. Survey data is also needed to initiate pre-works which pave the way for the deploying of fibre. Pre-works involve construction of new duct routes, erection of poles, building chambers and tree trimming. On completion of these pre-works, the main construction works can commence. This involves deploying fibre overhead on poles and in underground ducts, splicing of fibre, and unblocking of ducts. Once the main construction works are completed and the appropriate level of testing has been undertaken, the fibre network can be commissioned and end users can order their connection. In general, this end to end process can typically take between 15 and 18 months.

Further details are available on specific areas through the NBI website which provides a facility for any premises within the intervention area to register their interest in being provided with deployment updates through its website www.nbi.ie. Individuals who register with this facility will receive regular updates on progress by NBI on delivering the network and specific updates related to their own premises as works commence. I am advised that NBI is working to provide more detail on its website, with a rolling update on network build plans. NBI also has a dedicated email address, reps@nbi.ie, which can be used by Oireachtas members for specific queries.