Broadband plan set to be record-sized State agreement

Inside Politics: Government approves decision to award preferred bidder status to consortium led by US businessman David McCourt

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: broadband project was the equivalent of rural electrification. Photograph: iStock.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: broadband project was the equivalent of rural electrification. Photograph: iStock.

Good morning and welcome to the first Politics Digest of the new political term, which will take us all the way to the middle of July. Sure it’ll be summer by then.

The Dáil returns today, but Ministers were back for Cabinet yesterday when they approved, as expected, the decision sought by Minister for Communications Richard Bruton to award preferred-bidder status to the National Broadband Ireland consortium led by the US businessman David McCourt.

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