David McCourt - the last man standing in Ireland’s broadband process
US businessman’s firm fronts the final consortium
David McCourt pictured at a Science Foundation Ireland Event at the US Institute for Peace in March 2018.
US businessman David McCourt is the founder and chairman of Granahan McCourt, a private investment firm specialising in telecoms and media.
Following the high-profile exits of Eir and ESB-Vodafone joint venture Siro and more recently UK plcs SSE and John Laing, McCourt’s firm is the only bidder left in the Government’s stop-start National Broadband Plan (NBP).
McCourt says he has invested more than a €100 million in telecoms in Ireland mainly through his acquisition and expansion of Irish telco Enet, which he purchased in 2013 and recently sold to the State-backed Irish Infrastructure Fund (IFF).
The Irish-American entrepreneur, who recently bought a home in Co Clare, owns a number of other businesses in the UK and around Europe but insists his Irish operation is central to his plans.