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Ní Riada calls on Minister to hit pause button on ‘bonkers’ National Broadband Plan

9 May, 2019 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on Minister for Communications Richard Bruton to hit the pause button on the National Broadband Plan.

The MEP for Ireland South said; 

“Last night, on The Tonight Show, I criticised the government for having made a complete mess of the now €5 billion plan all in. 

“It is absolutely bonkers. The government is ignoring the advice of senior department officials and continuing to plough on with what can only be described as any attempt to buy votes in our rural towns and villages.

 “It is becoming clearer by the day that Fine Gael is using the National Broadband Plan as a cynical election ploy. 

“There are serious concerns about the ability of the preferred bidder to deliver the network required. They have very little skin in the game and could walk away at any time.

“We are talking about a €3 billion public investment for a network that will ultimately be owned by a private operator. The government are creating a situation where the needs of rural Ireland will always be secondary to the profit motive of the operator. 

“This is extremely dangerous. We are not looking at the selling off of the family silver. We are looking at a give away.

“This plan is high risk. This plan is flawed. This plan is compromised.

“The people need a broadband plan that is reliable, cost effective, and deliverable. The Minister must now hit the pause button on this plan and alternative options must be considered.” 

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