Build works for new National Broadband Ireland (NBI) network underway in…

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsBuild works for new National Broadband Ireland (NBI) network underway in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – November 16, 2020 693 Print Twitter Previous articleLimerick Comhairle na nÓg virtual AGMNext articleLimerick Post Show | Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post BUILD works for the new high-speed fibre broadband network being delivered across Ireland as part of the State’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), are underway in parts of Limerick.National Broadband Ireland (NBI) are designing, building and operating the new network in a mapped ‘rollout area’ – where commercial operators have not indicated that they will be providing such services. This includes 544,000 premises and will benefit over one million people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In Limerick, over 4,000 premises have been surveyed to date and network designs completed to deliver the new Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network there. NBI crews have started initial works for the build in townlands outside Limerick city including Mungret, Patrickswell, Crecora, Castleconnell, Caherconlish and Cratloe.These ‘make ready’ works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre on poles/ducts, and include the erection of poles, unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of subduct into existing ducts, for the fibre to be installed.This is the most efficient and economical way for the new network – which will have standard download speeds of 500MB – to be rolled out.In Limerick, there are 21,231 premises in the “Rollout Area”, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and school. This equates to 22% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Limerick will see an investment of €86M in the new high speed fibre network.This will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home, and more remote working.Local EmploymentNBI are working with contractors on the build site in Limerick, where over 50 operatives are currently employed. The new network will ‘go live’ in these parts of the county in early 2021.Peter Hendrick NBI Chief Executive Officer, said that real progress is being made in the first year of the National Broadband Plan: “There are 227 deployments areas across Ireland – in every county- that NBI will be delivering this new high-speed fibre broadband network in, across 96% of Ireland’s land mass.“We are currently working closely with retail service providers, and other stakeholders, to connect the first homes in Limerick in early 2021. Speeds of up to 10Gb will be available.“Our mission is to end the digital divide across the country, and high speed broadband access has never been more critical in how we live our lives. Digital connectivity is critical to many of our activities right now, and this new Fibre-to-the-Home network, will be a key enabler for the sustainment of local businesses and communities.”Over 126,000 premises have now been surveyed nationwide, in the eight months since the National Broadband Plan got underway. Build works are also underway for the new NBI network in parts of Cork, Cavan and Galway, with works in Tralee and Wexford set to follow.Phase One Delivery of the National Broadband – Broadband Connections PointsThose living in the rollout area will be able to benefit from high speed connectivity (150Mb) at Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) in the county over the next several months. These facilities – which include GAA clubs, schools, community centres and other public facilities – will provide free access to high speed internet in the rollout area.The public will be able to benefit from this service at locations across the county such as Old School and Glenmore community centres. Further details can be found at Limerick, a number of primary schools in the rollout area will also be connected for educational access as part of this initiative including Knockadea NS in Ballylanders, Coolcappa in Ardagh and Mountcollins NS near Abbeyfeale.To check if your premises is in the ‘rollout area’ – or register for updates – log onto The lo-call customer contact centre number is 0818 624 624 or email [email protected] WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img Email Linkedin Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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Doctors to fight new abortion law

first_imgNZ Herald 3 December 2018Family First Comment: “For the same reason that patients have a right not to be coerced into receiving treatment, doctors and nurses have a right not to be coerced into providing it.” Correct!www.ChooseLife.nzGroup opposes any moves that erode rights in dealing with patients seeking terminations, writes Claire Trevett.A group of doctors opposed to abortion say they will fight any moves in looming reforms to erode their rights to refuse to deal with patients wanting abortions. The issue of referring patients seeking abortions to another doctor has drawn opposition from the group.Justice Minister Andrew Little says he agrees with a Law Commission proposal for doctors who are “conscientious objectors” to abortion to be made to directly refer a patient on to another doctor who they know will provide the service.Currently, such doctors only have to advise the patient they can get the service elsewhere without specifying where.The Law Commission report said such a step could help ensure women accessed the services without unnecessary delays.Little said it seemed to be a reasonable suggestion and it could a breach of medical ethics not to refer on.“There have been some cases where a medical practitioner declining to give advice on conscientious objection grounds has said ‘and I’m not going to give you any advice on where else you can go’. That seems to me to be wrong.”However the suggestion has drawn fire from Dr Catherine Hallagan, a Wellington-based GP who is in the Health Professionals Alliance, a grouping of doctors who object to practices such as abortion on moral and religious grounds.Dr Hallagan rejected Little’s claim it was a breach of medical ethics, saying it was long established and the High Court had ruled in 2010 that a doctor need only inform a woman she could get a service from another doctor or a family planning clinic.She did not believe the provisions needed to change. “For the same reason that patients have a right not to be coerced into receiving treatment, doctors and nurses have a right not to be coerced into providing it.”Hallagan’s stance on the scope of conscientious objection has backing from the NZ Medical Association, which supports the provisions as they stand.Its chairwoman, Kate Baddock, said the provisions were reasonable and they worked.There was also concern that eroding that right would have ramifications if legislation to allow euthanasia was passed – something she expected more doctors would declare a moral objection to than abortion.“When you consider more than 70 per cent of all doctors are not in support of euthanasia, then one could argue they would object to being involved in it. We very much would like to hold the status quo on that objection.”She said in one practice she had worked in doctors had been up front about it when signing up new patients, but that was not a requirement.However, Abortion Law Reform Association head Terry Bellamak said doctors should not enter a field where abortion cases might arise if they were not prepared to deal with them.“Ultimately, philosophically I think people should only become doctors if they are willing to perform the whole job. So they should only become obstetricians and gynaecologists if they are willing to perform abortions at need.”Bellamak said at the least, doctors should not charge for consultations and should have to refer on to another provider who they know will provide the service. Allowing women to refer themselves to abortion services rather than rely on a GP to do so would help reduce that problem.In New Zealand, “life” does not legally begin until birth but Hallagan said her objection was based on her belief that as a doctor she had a duty of care toward both the mother and the unborn child. “In every abortion a patient dies at the request of another patient.”She said abortion should remain a crime in the Crimes Act. “When abortions happen, human lives are extinguished on request.”Reproductive matters such as abortion and contraception are currently the only areas where doctors and other health workers can refuse to provide a service on moral or religious grounds. There are no figures on how many doctors use its provisions.That right is enshrined in the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act and also covers nurses and other health workers asked to help perform an abortion or provide contraception.READ MORE: read more

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