“Roaming charges – a thorn in the side of border areas” – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has expressed frustration as the abolition of roaming charges has been postponed until June 2017.

This comes following the rejection of a number of amendments in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,

“Roaming charges are a thorn in the side of the thousands of individuals living along the border corridor and who commute across the border to work.

“The abolition of these charges is something Sinn Féin has been campaigning for for over ten years and we were hopeful that they would be finally eliminated this December.

“Whilst we welcome the commitment that the charges will be removed eventually, it is regrettable that following the vote today, these charges will continue until June 2017.

“For those commuting regularly across the border, this results in a further penalty of an increased phone bill. It is also places a barrier for start-ups and cross border co-operation.

“I, along with my Sinn Féin, colleagues will continue to work by whatever means possible to secure the earliest possible abolition of roaming charges and ensure border areas are no longer penalised.” ENDS