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Free WIFI For Carrigaline?

Free WIFI For Carrigaline?

Writes Ciaran Dineen

At Monday afternoon’s final meeting of the Carrigaline Municipal District Meeting for 2019, Councillor Liam O’Connor (FG), in a motion to the Council requested that Carrigaline be put forward for a public WIFI scheme.

The project, which has proven to be successful in other towns such as Mallow, would see free access to internet facilities throughout the town. Continuing in his point, Councillor O’Connor has made the suggestion that the public library situated near Dunnes, would be an ideal location to place the router.

Many Councillors including Councillor Audrey Buckley (FF) and Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF), backed Councillor O’Connor’s motion, with all agreeing that with Carrigaline now being the biggest town in the County of Cork, following boundary changes, it certainly warrants consideration.

Cork County Council have previously rolled out public WIFI plans with Mallow, Macroom, Bantry and Youghal all benefiting.

Funding for the scheme emanates from a European-wide project called Wifi4EU, which supports free public broadband for towns and cities across Europe. Councillor O’Connor speaking in Council Chambers said, “I think this would be of great benefit to the town and could really increase footfall in the area.”

In agreement was Councillor Buckley, who said that in Europe there are so many successful cases of free public WIFI and that for tourists and visitors coming into Carrigaline it would be a great attraction and facility.

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