Minister for Communication Denis Naughten: ComReg needs to be given additional powers to allow it to regulate the market effectively. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The communications regulator is seriously understaffed with an additional 70 employees needed to help it carry out its duties, Minister for Communicat(...)

The European Investment Bank approved €987 million in funding for nine Irish projects including an allocation of €500 million for the National Broadband Plan

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to finance the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) to the tune of €500 million. Minister for Communicati(...)

PAC  has called for a Dáil debate on how  the surplus on the wind-up of Nama should be spent. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for a Dáil debate on how a projected €3 billion surplus on the wind-up of Nama should be spe(...)

Drawn-out tender process reflects a public administration that repeatedly fails to see the lay of the land. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It’s a tad ironic that after the longest and most complex of tender processes, the Government’s most ambitious communications project will be undertak(...)

Carolan Lennon, Eir’s chief executive  designate  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The woman who masterminded Eir’s rural broadband strategy and who probably played a major role in its decision to quit the National Broadband Plan las(...)

Fibre broadband: Eir says it could provide high-speed rural connections for a fraction of the proposed State subsidy. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell

The Government’s broadband procurement process is fundamentally flawed and will lead to delays and higher costs for the taxpayer, Eir warned the Minis(...)

About 542,000 homes and businesses across the State stand to benefit from the State-subsidised National Broadband Plan.

The Government’s broadband tender process remains competitive even with just one bidder left in the race, the most senior official in charge of the pr(...)

Eir’s decision to withdraw from the NBP was ‘regrettable’, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten told an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins.

The sole remaining bidder in the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) is “really committed” to the project and “there is no sense of stopping th(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan last April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of the Government’s broadband procurement process following Eir’s surprise decision to quit the proce(...)

Those thousands awaiting rural broadband will anxiously be watching for Denis Naughten’s “Plan B”. Photograph: iStock

Eir’s departure from the National Broadband Plan (NBP) has left the process hanging by a thread. We now have one bidder in what’s supposed to be a com(...)

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