Over 300 primary schools in Dublin are now enjoying higher speed broadband connectivity, Fine Gael Dublin South West Deputy Colm Brophy has said.

Since 2012, 132 local schools have seen their connections improve to speeds over 150Mbps, with many now enjoying download speeds of up to 360 mbps. A further 160 schools have seen improvements in their broadband speed to between 70Mbps and 150 Mbps.

Deputy Brophy said: “I am delighted to see the increase in broadband reach and levels to our local primary schools. “This will greatly enhance classroom learning as well as supporting administrative functions in our primary schools.

“Since 2015, every single one of our local secondary schools has high speed connectivity, and I am delighted this is extending to so many of our younger pupils around the country. “My Fine Gael colleague, Education Minister Richard Bruton, is providing €180 million over the next four years to primary and secondary schools in extra grants for IT equipment.

“This increase in broadband reach and level will ensure our local schools get the very best out of this new computer equipment. “We will continue to work hard to ensure every school in Ireland has access to high speed broadband.

“The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment, sets out Fine Gael in Government’s vision for embedding ICT in teaching learning and assessment in primary and secondary schools. “No matter what career a young person contemplates, one thing is almost certain, digital technology is revolutionising it. We can already see the agents of change – cloud, mobile, social and the internet of things.

“For the youngest generation, creative thinking and problem-solving skills will be absolutely key to how they develop in reach and achieve their potential. In particular, their ability to think critically and develop solutions in the digital world will be vital for their prospects in life.

“The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 sets out a vision to realise the potential of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment so that Ireland’s young people become engaged thinkers, active learners, knowledge constructors and global citizens to participate fully in society and the economy.

“We want to ensure that Ireland is well placed to take advantage of the digital revolution which is taking place, and having a transformative effect on our economy, workplace, and lifestyle.

“I am thrilled that the pupils in Dublin South West have the connectivity supports to facilitate digital learning throughout their primary and secondary education. This will ensure they are equipped with skills for the future.”