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Irish broadband users could be set to benefit from cheaper deals after one internet service provider unveiled a new low-price tariff.

Telecoms company Imagine is offering households a phone line with broadband access for €25 (£22) a month - 50 per cent cheaper than the equivalent offering from current market leader Eircom.

Eamon Ryan, the Irish Minister for Communications, told the Examiner that news of Imagine's pricing plans was welcome.

He said the move would enhance competition in the Irish broadband market and inevitably lead to lower prices for consumers.

Mr Ryan: "I am glad an Irish company like Imagine is making such ambitious investment in our broadband infrastructure.

"We need low-cost, high-speed broadband that is available all over the country. This move will be of great benefit to consumers and the government's plans for a truly modern infrastructure."

Communications firm Eutelsat recently revealed that its Tooway satellite broadband platform is to be used to boost internet connectivity in Ireland.

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