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Over the next seven years, 147,000km of fibre will be strung on existing Eir-owned poles, said Minister for Communications Richard Bruton in the Dáil. File photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that giving a company such as the ESB responsibility to deliver high-speed broadband “won’t work as quickly and co(...)

Every EU country has grid-level solar already in place, as does Northern Ireland. Amarenco’s chairman says it has been waiting three years to progress 16 projects in the Republic. Photograph:  Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Solar energy company boss John Mullins says there has been a staggering lack of progress in enabling the delivery of new renewable energy projects in (...)

Then-minister for communications Pat Rabbitte (centre) at the launch of the National Broadband Strategy in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a saga that’s been running for almost seven years, but the national broadband plan finally looks like it’s going to proceed. Pat Rabbitte was th(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD speaking to media following the publication of Peter Smyth’s Report on his review into the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings, Dublin.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he  had said a decision on whether to proceed with the plan to roll out high-speed internet access to rural Ireland  would be made by Easter. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has claimed the National Broadband Plan is not on the “long finger” as Opposition figures described the latest delay to the scheme as a(...)

Call for funding: Independent Broadcasters of Ireland chairman John Purcell (right) with consultant and former Newstalk editor-in-chief Garrett Harte. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The radio industry has called on the Government to take “immediate and decisive” action on long-promised broadcasting reforms. The Independent Broadc(...)

A coal depot in Shanghai. The ban on smoky coal was first promised in 2015. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Plans for a national ban on harmful smoky coal have been delayed by the Government amid legal threats from the coal industry. The introduction of the(...)

March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political discourse in the State is mostly predictable but it can spring big surprises, sometimes from unexpected quarters. On March 15th, children a(...)

Richard Bruton:  he  is  working with the Attorney General to “finalise a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air”

Coal firms have threatened the State with legal action if it proceeds with a plan to ban smoky fuel in October, The Irish Times has learned. It had b(...)

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