Westport, Knock, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are among seven town centres that will become free public wi-fi zones.

The new initiative will see free high speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Knock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan and two further locations to be confirmed in Kerry and Donegal.

The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which costs the local towns nothing, involves local businesses allowing Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

Carrick-On-Shannon is the first of the six towns to go live this weekend with Sligo, Knock and Monaghan commencing in June and the remaining towns going live by August.

This initiative follows on from the success of the firm's public-private partnership in Galway - the first of its kind in Ireland.

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