The contractor of the National Broadband Plan says it could be rolled out across the country within four years - instead of seven.

The scheme aims to connect more than 500,000 homes to high speed fibre internet.

Works on the 2.9 billion euro project were continuing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Business Post reports that David McCourt has said there is a plan being put in place to finish the project in 60 percent of the agreed timeframe.

Earlier this week it emerged that new rural homes would have to pay up to 5,000 euro to connect to the scheme, with Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae saying it was another attempt to drive people out of rural Ireland.

The plan been dogged by delays and controversies over the years

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