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Farcical Broadband process highlights Fine Gael failure to manage public finances – McDonald

16 April, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised the Government’s management of the National Broadband Plan, branding the process “farcical”.

Speaking in the Dáil at Leaders’ Questions, Teachta McDonald said:

“The Taoiseach said that the cost of the rollout of the National Broadband Plan will be many multiples of what was originally estimated.

“As with the scandalous cost overrun of the National Children’s Hospital, an absolutely vital piece of infrastructure that is desperately needed in much of rural Ireland, this project has gone way over budget and has been left at the mercy of a contractor.

“There is now just one bidder remaining for the contract. This leaves the government, and the taxpayer in turn, in an extremely precarious position.

“The entire process has been chaotic and quite frankly farcical.

“Over half a million homes are still without access to broadband and they want answers. When will these homes get the access they need? When will we be given clarity on the final cost of the project?

“We also need answers on the tendering process; if this process fails, or if the government decide to ditch it, what is Plan B?

“People need certainty. Leaving households and businesses in the lurch is not an option.” 

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