Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US businessman David McCourt of National Broadband Ireland sign  the National Broadband Plan at St Kevin’s National School in Co Wicklow on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Did the Government have to spend €3 billion on rural broadband, a price tag that works out at roughly €6,000 per household? And, having agreed to spen(...)

David McCourt, CEO and founder of Granahan mcCourt and Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland at the signing of the broadband contract. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the (...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will shortly seek Cabinet approval to sign off on the broadband plan and award the contract to preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt.

What is the National Broadband Plan? The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is the Government’s long-standing plan to address the lack of broadband covera(...)

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The European Commission has given its approval, under EU state aid rules, for the Government’s €3 billion National Broadband Plan. The move paves the(...)

 Minister for  Tourism, Shane Ross unveilling the Failte Ireland, 2020 Plans

The Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton, has denied reports of a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP) amid speculation he had be(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has denied reports of a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP) amid speculation he had been due(...)

David McCourt’s company has been shortlisted for Project Stratum, the North’s £165 million broadband rollout project, after the initial stage of procurement. File photograph: Jason Clarke

Granahan McCourt, the Government’s preferred bidder for the €3 billion National Broadband Plan (NBP), has been confirmed as one of the lead bidders fo(...)

Eir denied there was an issue with the rollout of fibre to 300,000 homes. Photograph: Alan Betson

A row has broken out in the telecoms industry over the quality of Eir’s new fibre broadband network to 300,000 rural households which were formerly pa(...)

Robert Watt: ‘The cost-benefit analysis of significant investment in rail, and I’ll get shot for saying this, is challenging.’ Photograph: Jenny Barker

One of the State’s most senior civil servants has promised a “new approach” to spending on major capital projects in the wake of the children’s hospit(...)

‘Within six months we have made reliable high-speed broadband a reality for over 800,000 premises,’ says Imagine’s chief executive, Sean Bolger.

Wireless broadband operator Imagine claims it can now deliver high-speed broadband to 800,000 rural homes and businesses, many of which are earmarked (...)

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