One of the largest hotels in Connemara has warned that poor broadband infrastructure is costing jobs.

Ronnie Counihan, managing director of Renvyle House Hotel, told today’s Irish Times, that  conference business worth more than €200,000 has been lost in recent years due to poor broadband.

The hotel, which is located on a 150-acre estate, employs about 75 staff and has played host to Lady Gregory, WB Yeats and Winston Churchill.

Mr Counihan said he was “shocked” following Eir’s announcement on Wednesday that it was withdrawing its bid for the Rural Broadband Plan.

“It could take years now,” he said. “Guests nowadays, one of the first things they ask about is the speed of the broadband, especially American guests. If they don’t have broadband they feel like they’re being cut off from the rest of the world. People get very annoyed about it.

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