White goods dumped on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Prosecution for littering offences is both ineffective and inadequate in Ireland, according to new research which reveals fewer than half of littering(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Major value-for-money reports on the National Broadband Plan consistently overestimated by €1 billion costs facing the operator. The error in the cos(...)

We have a ruling culture that has already forgotten everything that happened so recently. It has “moved on” into a bland technocratic desert where thinking about all big public projects is outsourced because that way no one has to take responsibility for the public good.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we think of the madness that is the National Broadband Plan (NBP), of €3 billion of public money for infrastructure that will be owned by a priva(...)

Over the next seven years, 147,000km of fibre will be strung on existing Eir-owned poles, said Minister for Communications Richard Bruton in the Dáil. File photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that giving a company such as the ESB responsibility to deliver high-speed broadband “won’t work as quickly and co(...)

Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty  said the cost benefit analysis is not credible. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Officials from the Government department charged with delivering the national broadband plan were accused in the Dáil of “cooking the books”. Sinn Fé(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the National Broadband Plan at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The total cost of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), including private investment, is now expected to exceed €5 billion. Despite paying the bulk of t(...)

While Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been at pains to make fabulous claims for the benefits of high-speed broadband connections for every single home and business in the country, the concerns about the broadband plan have also been described in vivid and occasionally alarming terms. Photograph: Tom Honan

Wisely spent investment in national infrastructure is a mark of good government. Allocating scarce resources to productive investment that raises stan(...)

National Broadband Ireland, the company that has been  named preferred bidder for the contract, will not be permitted to refuse to connect any home, no matter how remote. File photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

What is the national broadband plan? It’s a plan to bring high-speed broadband, almost entirely via fibre optic cables, to 100 per cent of homes and(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD speaking to media following the publication of Peter Smyth’s Report on his review into the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings, Dublin.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

August 30th, 2012 - Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announces the National Broadband Plan (NBP), describing it as “the rural electrification (...)

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