Cork South Central Fianna Fáil T.D. Michael McGrath has welcomed the news that the College of Commerce in Cork City and three second-level Cork schools have received high speed broadband access under the Government’s €13 million Broadband to Schools Scheme.
The Renewed Programme for Government sets out that the scheme will extend to all second-level schools in the country in the next two years.
Carrigaline Community School, Christ the King Girls’ School (Douglas) and Coláiste Choilm (Ballincollig) have had fibre optic and wireless networks installed, as well as the Cork College of Commerce. These networks allow for speeds of 100 megabits per second, speeds similar to those on offer to multinational corporations based here.
‘Young people today are exposed to the internet and the power of technology from an early age. Ireland has been to the fore in attracting technology companies here, including Google, eBay, Apple and Hewlett Packard to name but a few.
‘It is essential that our students are given access to world-class broadband during their school years. The use of high speed broadband will also greatly enhance the learning process in our schools.
‘I very much look forward to seeing other second level schools in Cork City and County benefiting under this Government scheme within the next two years,’ concluded Deputy McGrath.