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Further clarity required following Minister Naughten resignation - Mary Lou McDonald TD

11 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking in the Dáil following the resignation of Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications this afternoon, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for further clarity on a number of issues.

Teachta McDonald said:

“The revelations of recent days that have resulted in the resignation of Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications represent quite the fiasco and serve to underscore the unhealthy and inappropriate relationships that exist within the insider class in this State.

“There is no doubt that the tender process for the National Broadband Plan is now compromised; the only question is to what degree.

“The Taoiseach has said there will now be a review of the tender process, but the reality is the clock may need to be reset to zero given the scale of contact between the former Minister and the sole remaining bidder.

“The real casualty is the 542,000 households still awaiting broadband.

“We need clarity as to when the review promised by the Taoiseach will be completed and where the process now goes from here.

“I think there also needs to be clarity surrounding the role of Minister of State Pat Breen, whom the Taoiseach said arranged a dinner between Denis Naughten and David McCourt in 2017.

“What this entire debacle illustrates clearly is that nudge and wink politics between the Irish political establishment and very wealthy people is clearly alive and well.”

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