Ireland Launches Free WiFi Service

Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (a varied remit if ever we saw one) Dermot Ahern has launched a free wifi service at the country’s three largest airports to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.

The service is only free until June, and will be centred on departure lounges and other major passenger areas.

Hosted by Aer Rianta at Dublin, Shannon and Cork Airports, each location will be in partnership with either Eircom, Esat Telecom and O2, depending on what airport you’re visiting.

Twenty million passegers pass through these airports each year and given how much of that traffic is related to the technology firms in Ireland, the service should be very successful.


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Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?