At last weeks Meath County Council meeting, Cllr Ronan Moore (Social Democrats) and Cllr Mike Bray (Fianna Fáil) submitted a motion that read, “To ask Meath County Council to write to the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) and the Minister of Justice asking them to provide free WIFI throughout Mosney Village, so that it’s residents can more readily access information to services”.
Moore and Bray revealed that they both sat on the steering committee of Comhairle na nÓg and have listened to the difficulties faced by residents in Mosney, especially the challenges of accessing things via the internet. They made it known that this topic has come up a few times.
Moore said one of the solutions that he has come up with to solve this issue, is to get IPAS to “fund free WIFI in the village, the same way they do in other villages”. Free public WIFI has been rolled out in various locations in Meath, such as Navan, Ashbourne, Trim, Dunshaughlin, Dunboyne, and Ratoath.
The motion received unanimous support with Cllr Gillian Toole (Ind) labelling the motion “logical”. Cllr Nick Killian (Ind) said that it is “unbelievable that WIFI is not available throughout, especially from an educational perspective”. Cllr Aisling O’Neill also stated that WIFI is important for adults in direct provision who need to access courses, “to better their lives”. Lastly, Cllr Gerry O’Connor (Fine Gael) said that if there are any technical issues installing the free WIFI, “not to panic, we can get over them. ”