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SIRO, a leading fibre network operator, has announced the appointment of Barry McWeeney as the company’s Head of New Developments. Barry McWeeney assumes his new role with immediate effect, where he will be responsible for leading SIRO’s rollout of its full fibre broadband network to new developments – homes and apartments – across the country.

With a BEng in Civil Engineering from Atlantic Technological University Sligo, Barry has over 15 years’ experience working in telecommunications across several roles including as a Project Manager with KTL, overseeing various network upgrade projects for major telecom providers, and with Vodafone/Netshare managing its upgrade to 4G capability with responsibility for site design, installation, and quality assurance. Barry joined SIRO in 2016 where he most recently held the role of Team Lead within its technology division. 

New Developments are a significant and growing area of importance for SIRO. The company works with Ireland’s leading developers, such as Glenveagh, Cairn Homes, Quintain amongst others, to ensure that their developments and new homes are fibre ready for their new occupants. McWeeney will lead a team focused on end-to-end seamless delivery from planning and design, to transmission, site activation and installation.  

With the number of new homes coming to market over recent years incrementally increasing and required to grow further, demand for fibre-to-the-home broadband services for these homes is now recognised as an essential service, no different to electricity or water. Research commissioned by SIRO confirmed this. It found that high quality broadband was the most important consideration for those under 35, when thinking about a new home. 

Reflecting on his appointment, SIRO Head of New Developments Barry McWeeney noted:  “With a family background in construction, I understand the sector well and am excited to bring these insights into my new role with SIRO. I understand how important reliable and futureproofed fibre broadband now is to every homeowner when buying a new home. My focus will be to ensure that SIRO’s full fibre network reaches every new development in Ireland.”

SIRO CEO John Keaney stated, “Barry is stepping into the role of Head of New Developments at an exciting time for SIRO. Recent years have seen SIRO become the operator of choice for many developers, and demand for our services is growing across Ireland.

Barry’s extensive experience and proven track record make him the ideal leader to strengthen these partnerships and grow our network footprint in new developments.