Economist Colm McCarthy This morning. Jack Horgan-Jones, in The Irish Times, reports that the Department of Communications has said Eir’s €1bn proposal to deliver rural broadband – as an alternative to that of the more expensive Granahan McCourt’s National Broadband Plan – “has not met” the State’s criteria for the project. It follows Peter O’Dwyer […]

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (above a`nd Minister for Communications Richard Bruton (top) This morning. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €2.6 billion of public support for the controversial National Broadband Plan. Communications Minister Richard Bruton said: “I welcome today’s decision by the European Commission to grant state aid approval […]

From top: Denis O’Brien; CEO of Granahan McCourt, the preferred bidder for the National Broadband Plan, David McCourt and former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten; tables from the Public Accounts Committee’s latest periodic report Yesterday, the Public Accounts Committee published its latest periodic report which included a chapter on the National Broadband Plan and its […]

Minister for Finance and Junior Finance Minister Patrick O’Donovan Last night. On RTÉ’s Drivetime. Limerick County Fine Gael TD and Junior Finance Minister with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment Patrick O’Donovan spoke to Mary Wilson. He was on the show to talk about his proposed ‘opt-in’ eGovernment service – called the […]

Top from left: Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, junior minister with special responsibility for rural digital development Seán Canney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a press conference last week approving the next step for broadband in rural Ireland; Bryan Wall One of the major myths of capitalism promoted by its supporters is […]

Watch back – Preferred Bidder appointed to National Broadband Plan @LeoVaradkar @RichardbrutonTD @paschald @HHumphreysFG @creedcnw #Ireland2040 #NBP #RuralOpportunity @Dept_CCAE @IrlDeptPer @enterinnov — (@merrionstreet) May 7, 2019 Surreal to be here. Moriarty on a shelf and the #INM inquiry ongoing. Appalling procurement process. Shame on you FG. #Broadband #LE19 #EP19 — Glenna […]

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy Soc Dems leader @CathMurphyTD Murphy raising major concerns with state of process relating to National Broadband Plan #iestaff “we are too far into a flawed process” she says — McConnellDaniel (@McConnellDaniel) April 2, 2019 Decision on National Broadband Plan is due before Cabinet before Easter @simoncoveney tells Dail. “We will […]

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 […]

Most people were underwhelmed with 'watery' findings of Smyth report into National #Broadband Plan. Serious question marks hang over an all-too familiar vista of a major communications contract, a Minister and a billionaire businessman – @CathMurphyTD on #SocDems Dáil motion now — Social Democrats (@SocDems) January 22, 2019 That such secrecy & obfuscation surrounds […]