The biggie was that 60% of people have never used email and that only 45% of people either at home or work have access to the Internet. 14% of people surveyed have DSL at home and 37% have regular Internet access. I’m waiting on clarifications on these figures especially the “never used email” bit.
Damien runs an organization called Ireland Offline, which lobbies for “affordable, unmetered and broadband Internet access in Ireland”. As I understand it, there’s a broadband monopoly in Ireland, and penetration has essentially stagnated. What’s particularly striking about the 60% number is that if you removed Dublin from that stat, it’d probably be more like 80%.
Of course, I’m highly skeptical of ye olde surveys, so I’ll have to wait to check out the methodology before I give it my personal stamp of veracity.