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 (...)

Fianna Fáil TD, Timmy Dooley: “The tender process  the State put in place to identify a bidder that would provide a service and value for money for the State has absolutely failed.” Photograph: iStock

Fianna Fáil’s Communications spokesperson Timmy Dooley says the tender process for the National Broadband Plan has “absolutely failed”. His comments (...)

An offshore wind farm off the coast of England, operated by Innogy Renewables.

After years of neglect, energy companies plan to sink almost €6 billion into the Irish Sea over the next half decade or so on offshore wind projects. (...)

Dublin District Heating Scheme will be linked to Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Ringsend. Construction is expected to begin by 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are many thousands of heat sources in Irish cities and large towns wasting vast amounts of energy which could be harnessed to provide cheap, low(...)

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