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The view from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh. Northern Ireland has reported 13  more Covid-19 deaths. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Schools in Northern Ireland will not reopen until the end of the first week in March at the earliest, First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First M(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images.

The British government has said it has no legal requirement and would not be acting in the public interest if it was to set out criteria that would le(...)

David McCourt: he  said the broadband plan could be delivered within five years unless Covid has an unforeseen impact. Photograph: Julien Behal

The National Broadband Plan can be delivered within five years “if Covid-19 doesn’t wreak havoc”, the chairman of the company charged with delivering (...)

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(...)

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. (...)

An Oireachtas committee is currently investigating the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

David McCourt, the chief executive of the preferred bidder for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), has refused an invitation to appear before the Oirea(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘The State’s risk is absolutely capped. I think this is a good deal from the point of view of the taxpayer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

The Oireachtas Communications Committee has been asked to open an investigation into the Government’s decision to award preferred bidder status on the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the National Broadband Plan at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The total cost of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), including private investment, is now expected to exceed €5 billion. Despite paying the bulk of 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(...)

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