(Issued 19 September 2016) eir and the Irish Farmer's Association (IFA) today announced a partnership in support of eir's bid for the upcoming National Broadband Plan. eir has been shortlisted as one of three bidder for the Government's National Broadband Plan which aims to ensure all of Ireland has access to high speed broadband.  

As a result of the partnership, the IFA will support eir in its bid preparation to develop the best solutions for the farming community and if successful, eir will work with the IFA and its member network to help encourage take up of broadband in rural Ireland.

Commenting on the announcement, IFA President Joe Healy, said "Access to high speed broadband is critical for farm families in running their farm businesses and having the same opportunities for their families in terms of education and other areas. Today, eir is extending their network where our members live and earn their living, as well as bidding for the NBP. The track record of delivery demonstrated by eir in the past four years is very reassuring and their commitment to continue its investment to a further 300,000 rural homes and businesses will have a direct impact for our members. The company has demonstrated an ambition for rural Ireland with its technology choice of fibre to the home. This will deliver broadband speeds that are on par with the best in the world."

Speaking on behalf of the company, Carolan Lennon, MD of open eir, said "We are delighted to have the IFA support our bid for the National Broadband Plan. No one has done more than eir to provide access to high speed broadband in Ireland. The job is not done, but we are focused on rolling out broadband in rural Ireland as far and wide as commercially possible. When completed, we will offer service to 80% of the homes and businesses in the country. We can't reach everywhere on a commercial basis, but we share the ambition that everyone in Ireland should have access to high speed broadband."