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Government must brief opposition on delay of National Broadband Plan – Brian Staley TD

16 April, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications Brian Stanley TD has said the government must brief the Dáil and opposition spokespersons on the current state of the National Broadband Plan this week.

Teachta Stanley said:

“The Taoiseach promised that the government would brief the Dáil and opposition spokespersons on what is happening with the plan. To date I have received no briefing and this must happen before Easter.

“The 540,000 homes and business that are waiting for this plan to be rolled out deserve to know what is happening.

“This is one of the largest contracts the state has ever been involved in and true to the form of this government, there are concerns the project is amounting to an overspend similar to or more than the National Children’s Hospital.

“Yet again this government has been shown to be incapable of delivering major capital projects.

“We have highlighted the problems we see with the tendering process. We only have one bidder left which means it cannot be a competitive tender.

“From the lack of answers we are getting it is clear to see that there are serious issues, but we do need to know what is going on. The people of rural Ireland cannot continue to be kept in the dark.”

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