The National Broadband Plan has missed its revised target by up to five months.

Former communications minister Denis Naughten says the project may not be finished until the end of 2027 - a year later than planned.

National Broadband Ireland will tell an Oireachtas committee today it has employed 300 extra staff this year.

They will also explain that less than 64,000 homes and businesses have been 'passed' so far - and are available for connection.

Independent Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten told Midwest News that wireless providers could be used in the interim to provide connections for households in rural areas.

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