Legislation is being introduced to compensate landowners affected by broadband cables running through counties Mayo and Galway.

The Galway Mayo Ducting and Cables Telecommunications Network was installed as part of the Corrib Gas pipeline project between 2006 and 2008.

The ducting runs for 132km from the Gas terminal site in Bellanaboy to Ballymoneen in county Galway, and the facility was gifted by Shell to the state.

Legislation covering affected landowners along the route was yesterday brought before the Seanad by Galway West Minister Sean Kyne.

The Bill gives right of access to private lands through which the ducting and cables pass to allow the company manage, operate and maintain the network, while minimizing impacts to landowners along the route and to provide compensation and safeguards to the landowners

Speaking in the Seanad, Minister Kyne said the legislation is key to providing ultra high speed broadband.

The network is being used at present by a multinational company and brings vital data traffic from North America via transatlantic cables across the Galway Mayo Network on to Dublin.

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