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Government must move to ESB rollout and public ownership for National Broadband Plan – Brian Stanley TD

9 May, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD has called for a comprehensive and detailed analysis of State ownership of the National Broadband Plan.

Speaking today in the Dáil, the Laois TD said:

“As far back as 2012, Sinn Féin has been arguing that we proceed with a model of state ownership based on the ESB network. 

“The Government have completely ignored this credible alternative, without providing any cost-benefit analysis of it despite its widespread support. 

“The documents released yesterday by the Government outline just how flawed the procurement process has been from the beginning.

“We already possess broadband infrastructure and extensive cable network under public ownership, which criss-crosses the State.

“We want the Government to use this window to complete a robust, detailed and comprehensive analysis of a State-led option involving ESB, with infrastructure reverting back to public ownership.

“We need officials from the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment to come before committee and comprehensively outline this option, in order for us to have a fully informed debate.

“Rural Ireland cannot be left stranded, without any control over an asset in which the taxpayer is investing €3bn and left at the mercy of a private monopoly, which may not even have the capacity to deliver what they are promising.”

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