Inishowen’s internet a ‘world apart’ from bigger towns and cities
Dragon’s Den star and founder of Claddagh Resources Peter Casey has hit out at the inadequate internet access at his company’s base outside Buncrana, adding that good quality broadband should be a necessity, not a luxury.
Mr. Casey, whose Irish Headquarters of Claddagh Resources is based at the Lisfannon Industrial Estate, claims that the rural-urban divide in broadband access is pushing Donegal further down the economic table and making our towns in the countryside ‘places to leave’.
He says his internet access in Buncrana is a ‘world apart’ from Dublin, Cork and Belfast.
The Derry man described his base in Inishowen as a ‘dream location’ but he now admits that the increasing connectivity problems with broadband is a ‘major problem’ and having an impact on his business.
“For me Lisfannon was a dream location – it has a great educational system, good available health services and water – even the roads are quite adequate and getting better,” said Mr. Casey.
“We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet. However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.
“Nowadays high-speed internet is a necessity rather than a luxury and should be available in all areas, not just the largest urban centres.”
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