David Mccourt

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Aryzta had an unremitting bad year and was the  standout corporate loser of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

It was another year of mixed fortunes in corporate Ireland. The economy continues to be the fastest growing in Europe while the live register fell to (...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughton. Neither he nor David McCourt  were asked for written statements by  auditor Peter Smith. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Neither businessman David McCourt nor former minister for communications Denis Naughton were asked for written statements by the auditor who examined (...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten has addressed the Dáil. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten has said his only objective in the National Broadband Plan tendering process was “to keep the remain(...)

Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy: wants the Department of Communications to make available an unredacted copy of an expert report by Analysys Mason which reviews the operation, management and access to the metropolitan area networks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is set to question a number of companies which previously competed for the National Broadband Plan contract. Com(...)

The outcome of the audit of the broadband process is convenient for the Government in that it concludes that meetings between the former communications minister, Denis Naughten (right, pictured with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar), and the leader of the sole remaining bidding consortium, David McCourt, were a “ cause for concern”, but that the tender process has not been contaminated. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The outcome of the audit of the broadband process is convenient for the Government in that it concludes that meetings between former communications mi(...)

Denis Naughten: ‘My sole objective throughout this process, during my time as Minister, was to deliver much promised broadband to rural Ireland’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An independent audit report from Peter Smyth published on Tuesday concluded that former minister for communications Denis Naughten did not influence t(...)

Report examined whether contacts between former minister Denis  Naughten and David  McCourt undermined the broadband tender process. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The former minister for communications Denis Naughten did not influence, or seek to influence, the tender process of the national broadband plan duri(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten did not influence or seek to influence the conduct of the broadband tender process in favour of Granahan McCourt Capital, or otherwise, the independent auditor found.

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten did not influence, or seek to influence, the tender process of the national broadband plan during me(...)

Denis Naughten: An independent audit found the National Broadband Plan has not been fatally undermined by private meetings the former minister for communications  had with the sole remaining bidder. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What is happening with the National Broadband Plan (NBP)? It hasn’t been abandoned, that’s what. An independent audit of the process has found that i(...)

“Fixed broadband may have been Plan A for the government in 2015 when the rural broadband project was launched, but time and technology have moved on, and mobile broadband has caught up”

The Government’s plan to subsidise the roll out of broadband in rural areas – so long in the planning and now so mired in controversy – has failed. Th(...)

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