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A storm of criticism greeted the Government’s National Broadband Plan on Wednesday as official documents revealed the extent of objections to the project by senior civil servants. File photograph: Getty

The cost of the National Broadband Plan, including private investment, is now expected to exceed € 5 billion, it has emerged. And despite paying the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   has announced a preferred bidder for the largest single contract in the history of the State on “a very significant day for our country”.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Every home, school, farm and business in the country will be connected to the internet through high-speed broadband within seven years at a cost to th(...)

Ministers and senior officials fear the costs the broadband plan – originally €500 million but now expected to require €3 billion from taxpayers – would explode into a public and political controversy.

The Government is set to approve the national broadband plan despite the advice of some senior officials who cautioned that the €3 billion programme d(...)

National Broadband Plan: Ministers had been warned the cost of the project could reach as much as €3 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than €25m has been spent on the National Broadband Plan to date, the Public Accounts Committee will be told on Thursday. The secretary general o(...)

Gerard Pique, who as chief executive of Kosmos recently bought the rights for the future Davis Cup. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/GC Images

Bernie Ecclestone laughed and slid a piece of paper across the desk. On it was written “2 billion”, the price the motor racing impresario wanted for(...)

David McCourt and former minister for education Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

A decision on the National Broadband Plan will not be made until the new year, as officials in the Department of Communications are still working on e(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten (right) is pictured alongside An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on March 3rd Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The Government’s national broadband plan was in crisis long before the controversy surrounding former minister Denis Naughten’s meetings with the lead(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten welcomed the findings of the report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten advised the sole remaining bidder for the contract to supply high-speed broadband to remote rural ar(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, left, announced the review in answer to fears that the process had been fatally undermined by private meetings between Denis Naughten and David McCourt (right). Photograph: Sam Boal/ Rollingnews.ie

The independent auditor’s report into the tender process for the State’s rural broadband contract is expected to find that the process has not been fa(...)

Denis Naughten resigned after his meetings with the leader of the sole remaining bidder for the broadband contract were made public. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are growing fears at the highest level of Government about the escalating costs of the National Broadband Plan, now estimated at some €3 billion(...)

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