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The Taoiseach announced on Tuesday that every school, farm, business and home in the country will be connected to the internet by high-speed broadband within seven years.

At a cost of around €3 billion, it is the single largest contract in the history of the state and is being undertaken by National Broadband Ireland, the only remaining entrant in the competition.

Mr. Varadkar said that in the future people would not ask why the project had cost so much, but why it had not been undertaken sooner, adding: “We must pay the price of progress now, or we risk staying trapped in the past forever.”

-Daniel Potter