Ireland offline, as in no broadband.

If anyone wants to know the benefits of having an Internet connected population only needs to skim this article Economic Benefit of Getting Everyone Online in the UK


– Digitally excluded households are missing out on average savings of
GBP560 per year from shopping and paying bills online

– The most economically disadvantaged families are missing out on savings
of over GBP1billion

– 1.6 million children in digitally excluded families could increase
their lifetime earnings by GBP10.8billion

– Unemployed people who get online could increase their lifetime earnings
by over GBP12,000

– If 5% of digitally excluded unemployed could find work by using job
websites it would deliver an estimated GBP560million to the UK economy

– Internet savvy workers can earn an average increase in lifetime
earnings of over GBP8,000

– Government could save at least GBP900 million a year in customer
contact costs if all digitally excluded adults got online and made just
one electronic contact per month

and while the amounts will be different in Ireland, the benefits will be similar, maybe even better.