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Communications Minister Richard Bruton, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US business man David McCourt at St Kevin’s National School, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Niall Carson / PA Wire

There’s nothing politicians love more than a good photo op, and there was no shortage of them at St Kevin’s National School in Co Wicklow this week at(...)

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(...)

Minister of Communications Richard Bruton, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and David McCourt of National Broadband Ireland at a school in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Richard Bruton/Twitter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Pl(...)

The contract will be signed with National Broadband Ireland, the group led by US businessman David McCourt, above. Photograph: Jason Clarke

The Government will on Tuesday morning sign the controversial contract to extend broadband coverage to over 500,000 rural homes and business. The con(...)

Senior civil servants in the Department of Public Expenditure strongly opposed the plan on a value-for-money basis. File image: Michael Smith/Getty

The Government is expected to sign the controversial contract to extend broadband coverage to over 500,000 rural homes and business on Tuesday. The C(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announced the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on August 30th, 2012, describing it as “the rural electrification of the 21st century”.

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

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(...)

 Granahan McCourt chairman and chief executive David  McCourt:  Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is expected to sign  a   €2.9 billion contract with National Broadband Ireland, a firm established by   Granahan McCourt, according to the Sunday Times

Broadband contract The Government is expected to sign the €2.9 billion contract for the national broadband plan next week, according to the Sunday Ti(...)

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(...)

Officials from the Department of Communications want to make it mandatory that ducting for high-speed broadband be included for new house planning permission to be obtained.

New homes may be required to have high-speed broadband cabling installed in order to gain planning approval under plans being advanced by Government. (...)

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