Legan firm speaks out on Longford's broadband woes

Legan firm speaks out on Longford's broadband woes

Further down the road, a couple of miles outside the village of Legan is Billy Moran & Sons Vans & Diggers Sale and Repairs Ltd.

The company, like most in Legan, faces speed issues with its internet provider on a daily basis. 

It is with Eir.  

Avril Bridget Moran, who runs the administrative side of the business, says that some days she waits hours for an email to send!

In recent times, the company installed debit card machines for customer convenience. 

GPRS terminals were established to accommodate the new technology, however it failed to work. 

“We had a technician out but they still didn’t work, so we had to send them back,” said Avril before pointing out that broadband was then installed at the business.  

'Hit and miss' is how she describes the internet facility at Billy Moran & Sons.  

“Some days it works and some days it doesn't work,” she sighed.  

“And we are one of the lucky ones to even have broadband!”

Avril says that even to download an image of a vehicle for a potential customer can take anything from 15 minutes to half an hour to download, attach to an email and send.  

“We would use the internet a lot for the downloading of payments for overseas cars, etc and the whole thing could cut out and fail while you are in the middle of processing a payment,” she continued. 

“We actually use business on line now because nobody uses cheques any more, they pay online that’s the way it is these days.” 

Even first thing in the morning when Avril comes into the office to start her day, once she switches on the computer, it could take 15 or 20 minutes for her emails to open.  

“It is a pain,” she said.