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TD: "Complete Scandal" That Rural Broadband Delivery Targets Won't Be Met.

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53% of Kildare premises surveyed.

A rural Independent TD says it's 'a complete scandal' that a target won't be met for delivering high-speed broadband to rural areas.

Only 4,000 homes have been reached by the plan in the first half of the year, out of the total 2021 target of 115,000.

Whilst only 40% of premises have been surveyed.

In Kildare, that proportion is 53%, or, 7,598 buildings, out of 14,085 which can't access the service.

National Broadband Ireland, the company in charge of the rollout, has now cut its target for this year in half.

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath says it's a blow to rural homes and businesses:

COUNTY number of premises in the IA surveys completed % surveys completed
Carlow 8,190 7,772 94.62%
Cavan 16,274 3,817 23.45%
Clare 22,719 3,567 15.70%
Cork 79,663 22,765 28.57%
Donegal 32,483 6,389 19.67%
Dublin 13,677 2,437 17.79%
Galway 38,887 14,914 38.34%
Kerry 26,988 16,382 60.69%
Kildare 14,085 7,598 53.94%
Kilkenny 18,416 5,951 32.31%
Laois 12,562 9,695 77.18%
Leitrim 11,614 3,576 30.79%
Limerick 21,293 8,583 40.31%
Longford 8,712 3,294 37.81%
Louth 8,423 7,850 93.18%
Mayo 36,614 8,281 22.62%
Meath 19,824 7,742 39.05%
Monaghan 15,332 10,644 69.42%
Offaly 12,216 1,275 10.44%
Roscommon 19,185 8,268 43.10%
Sligo 14,875 3,959 26.62%
Tipperary 29,810 14,001 46.97%
Waterford 15,048 11,277 74.94%
Westmeath 11,761 8,656 73.60%
Wexford 22,552 11,231 49.80%
Wicklow 15,464 10,547 68.09%
TOTAL 546,762 220,471 40%

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