Limerick City Council rolls out free Wi-Fi

Niamh Broderick

Reporter:

Niamh Broderick

FREE public Wi-Fi and broadband access has been made available by Limerick City Council at a variety of public buildings across the city.

FREE public Wi-Fi and broadband access has been made available by Limerick City Council at a variety of public buildings across the city.

The service, which allows members of the public to browse the internet free of charge is now available at all branches of Limerick City Library and in public areas of Limerick City Hall as well as the newly refurbished Limerick City Gallery of Art in Pery Square.

Limerick City librarian, Dolores Doyle, who retired this week, is delighted with the new Wi-Fi service. “Visitors often come to the library and want to reserve a computer,” she explained. “But if these computers are all taken up by members of the public, they can now use their own laptop, iPad or phone and log on to our free Wi-Fi service.”

The local authority says parents can be reassured that content control software measures are in place so minors cannot access illegal downloads or other objectionable material.

Limerick City Council says this scheme is part of a wider initiative aimed at setting up free Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ across the city in the coming months. “This is about making the internet available to everyone,” said Mihai Bilauca, acting head of IT, Limerick City Council. “Having free Wi-Fi available in Limerick is attractive for tourists who can find out more about our City without it being costly. It also enhances a visitor’s experience of an amenity.”

Mr Bilauca added: “Working with Shannon Development, Limerick Regeneration and other agencies we’re hoping to expand the Wi-Fi network across the city with the eventual aim of Limerick becoming a recognised Wi-Fi city.”