HEAnet is the Republic of Ireland's National Education and Research Network, providing Internet connectivity and associated ICT services to education and research organisations throughout the Republic, including all primary and post-primary schools.
HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin academic research and education activity in Ireland with approximately 210,000 students & staff (third-level) and approximately 800,000 students & staff (first and second-level) relying on the HEAnet network each day for their learning and research needs.
Established in 1983 by the Irish Universities with the support of the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet now provides essential e-Infrastructure services across all levels of the Irish education system. The high quality resilient network connects all Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other higher education institutions (HEIs), along with research organisations, and all primary and post-primary schools across Ireland.
It is HEAnet that connects these Irish learners and researchers to the Internet, on-line educational resources, and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, the USA, Asia and the rest of the world.
HEAnet is publicly funded through Ireland's Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Department of Education and Skills (DES), the European Commission (EU) and its third-level sector client charges.