Broadband Options


Secretary General of the Department of Communications Mark Griffin; Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane

This morning.

At the Public Accounts Committee.

Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mark Griffin is answering questions about the National Broadband Plan.

Waterford Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane asked Mr Griffin if he’s “confident” that the NBP will go ahead.

Mr Griffin paused before saying:

“Well, let me put it to you this way, I’m confident with that the project, as presented, will deliver on all of the Government’s objectives.

“The decision to proceed or not to proceed is a Government decision so I can’t say anymore than that. I am not the decision maker…”

Mr Griffin said the Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will be bringing a recommendation on the plan and this recommendation will be based on an assessment process.

Mr Cullinane then asked if there are “a number of options” contained within that assessment process “including, potentially, not proceeding”.

Mr Griffin said:

“The focus of the work has been on evaluating the bid that has been put to us. In fairness to Government, it would be important to us to point out the implications of not proceeding. And it would be important to us to do some assessment of what other options might be available, if the Government decides not to proceed.”

Mr Cullinane asked, again, if the option of “not proceeding with the plan” been examined and is it one of the options that was contained in the overall assessment.

Mr Griffin said: “The assessment process will have to deal with that.”


Watch the proceedings live here

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9 thoughts on “Broadband Options

  1. Truth in the News

    Mark Griffin did he have anything to do with the Establishment of Irish Water in the Dept of
    the Environment when it was under the responsibility of Phil Hogan and then later was
    promoted to the Dept of Communications and Energy, has he had any input into the
    remarkable postal code we had foisted on us……anyone ask him, how his Dept funds
    an advertising campaign on RTE in relation to TV licensing…..what contribution do RTE
    make to the cost of the adds

  2. Amorphous Kerry Blob

    I don’t follow this Broadband thing too much, but…

    …Has anyone voiced the idea that FG are pretending to implement this National Broadband plan, but are secretly making sure the plan will have to be abandoned, because FG would rather the internet be supplied through the private sector.

    I mean, FG are a right wing party; privatizing the broadband supply would fall in line with their ideological modus operandi, would it not?

  3. phil

    When I hear the term ‘commercially sensitive’ , I automatically assume corruption , and especially in this case where there is only one bidder …

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