Broadband plan: Why did Denis Naughten resign?

Former minister’s desperation resulted in an appalling lack of judgment

David McCourt with former minister for communications, Denis Naughten. Photograph: Andrew Downes

David McCourt with former minister for communications, Denis Naughten. Photograph: Andrew Downes

It was Denis Naughten’s ambiguity about his meetings with the lead bidder for the National Broadband Plan, among other concerns, that spooked Leo Varadkar.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the Taoiseach and his now former minister for communications spoke about Naughten’s contacts with David McCourt on three occasions.

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