The latest Laois town to get new 15 metre broadband tower

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

The latest Laois town to get new 15 metre broadband tower

A communications mast mid-installation in Mountmellick, Laois early on Bank Holiday Monday March 18.

The latest of 10 communications masts for Laois is being installed this Bank Holiday Monday morning March 18.

The masts are 15 metres tall and are being installed by Cignal, a new communications company that is installing 300 such masts around Ireland, for use by mobile and broadband companies.

The masts need no planning permission or public notification because they are classed as communications infrastructure on a public road. Instead each one is licensed by Laois County Council.

The one pictured is being installed in Mountmellick, on Connolly Street.

A mast that was installed in Durrow was met with anger by Durrow Development Forum, who said it was "an eyesore".

The CEO of Cignal, Colin Cunningham who lives in Killenard in Laois, subesequently met with the forum and talks are underway to relocate that mast from the entrance road to the village.

"As a Laois resident myself I have been very keen to help communities suffering from poor mobile coverage or a lack of high-speed broadband to get improved infrastructure. To date we have a number of new towers in the county including Killenard, Errill, Stradbally, Portarlington, Sheffield & Durrow. The response we have received has been overwhelming positive, and we will be working hard to address concerns raised in this case.” Mr Cunningham said.

Laois County Council has licenced the masts.