• A Galway TD is calling on the Government to recommence the decentralisation of jobs to rural Ireland.

    Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv says the previous decentralisation programme managed to relocate 3,500 jobs, but the programme did not continue as was intended.

    The Fianna Fail TD says there's a growing demand to live and work in rural Ireland, yet without broadband services, this is almost impossible.

    Deputy O'Cuiv says many people with the opportunity to work from home are being hindered in doing so, due to the inability of the Government to deliver broadband to all rural areas.

    He's complimented EIR for bringing rural broadband to up to 300,000 houses, but says it has highlighted a new digital divide in rural Ireland.

    Deputy O'Cuiv claims the lack of decentralisation and rural broadband are blocks to job growth in the West of Ireland, and says he's concerned that the Government seem to be having second thoughts on the National Broadband Plan due to the costs involved.

    The Galway West TD has warned that the Government will feel a kick-back from rural Ireland if it reneges on this promise.