Denis Naughten

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Commercial broadband providers currently advertise speeds of 100 mbps, 360 mbps and even 1,000 mbps. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The backers of the €1.5 billion plus national Broadband plan have clashed with the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Sean Fleming, after he ci(...)

High Court inspectors are likely to be in place at Independent News & Media for most, if not all, of 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The corporate story of 2018 was undoubtedly the relentless drama at Independent News & Media (INM). Annus horribilis wouldn’t even come close to d(...)

INM papers on display at the Independent News & Media AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was a moment during Mark Zuckerberg’s by turn torturous (for him) and frustrating (for everybody else) April testimony to Congress when one US p(...)

Proponents point to the high capital costs of fibre and the relatively low take-up rates, particularly in remote areas. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Two big things fell out of the Government’s rural broadband process in 2018, the minister in charge and the lead bidder. In January, Eir, the State’s(...)

Leo Varadkar: Health and housing are the running public policy sores for the Government.   Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

At the beginning of the year, the prospects for the Government surviving the year seemed slim. After the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald, relations(...)

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 (...)

The former Clerys department store changed hands this year. Who are the new owners?

1. Who is stepping down this month as chief executive of Aer Lingus and who will succeed him on January 1st? 2. Irish Continental Group was forced to(...)

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(...)

BAI  chief executive Michael O’Keeffe suggested he had no interest in asking ministers for extra powers to apply updated ownership and control rules on existing media owners. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Who remembers March 1991? Mary Robinson was three months into her presidency, while the United States had just obliterated Saddam Hussein’s army in th(...)

Banks co-funding these projects are worried that if they go ahead and build these wind farms and the March deadline is missed, then they do not qualify for REFIT scheme. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A total of 16 wind energy projects – with full planning permission and grid connection offers – “are at medium or high risk of not being built”, the I(...)

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