Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

8th February, 2019

Breathnach seeks clarification from Minister on roaming charges
– Here in Louth and the wider border region, any return to roaming charges would be grossly unfair –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has sought clarification from Minister Richard Bruton to ensure that he will do all in his power to prevent the return of roaming charges post Brexit.

“Inadvertent roaming happens all the time in the border region and indeed just north of where I live where the phone signal which is the strongest at any time is the one which your phone connects to.”

“I would not wish to see mobile phone bills increase unfairly after Brexit for those living in the border area.  This is just another example of the lack of consideration shown to those residing in the border region both north and south.  The UK is currently a member of the EU Digital Single Market, but post 29th March if Britain leaves with no deal, this membership will cease.

“Both Governments need to ensure that free roaming is maintained on the island of Ireland and indeed between Ireland and the UK after Brexit.

“While I am aware that most of the large mobile service providers have stated that they have no plans to introduce roaming fees, we need to have this set in stone so that people will not need to worry about accidental roaming.  We need fairness for all.
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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie