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More Irish schools are to be hooked up to the nation's high-speed broadband network over the next two years, it has been announced.

Communications Minister Eamon Ryan announced that €13 million will be spent providing super-fast download capabilities to a further 700 secondary establishments by 2012.

At present, 78 of Ireland's 4,000 schools are reaping the educational benefits of high-speed broadband.

Mr Ryan said he believed the provision of 100Mb broadband will "transform education in Ireland and place children at the forefront of the digital revolution".

"Broadband of this capacity and quality will allow them to see and learn things in school that my generation could have only dreamed of," he added.

Earlier this year, high-speed broadband provider UPC Ireland reported that subscription volumes increased by 45 per cent during 2009.

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