Pat Rabbitte

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Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said  the National Broadband Plan contract will likely be signed later this year.  Photograph: iStock

Some €200 million in tax revenue over the next two to three years will be required to pay for the National Broadband Plan, Minister for Finance Pascha(...)

Labour  leader Brendan Howlin: turns out his predecessor Pat Rabbitte supports the Government’s national broadband plan. Checkmate. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Perfidious Pat. Et tu, Rabbitte? How is a Labour leader supposed to vehemently oppose the Government’s broadband project when the silken words of an(...)

 The installation of  broadband in rural Ireland has proved to be a political hot potato. File photo: Michael Smith/Getty

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten warned if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract h(...)

Neither Tusla nor the Children At Risk in Ireland (CARI) organisation could provide figures for how many children have been referred for inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Referrals of children for inappropriate sexual behaviour have “sky-rocketed” in recent years, a leading child welfare expert has warned. Child welfar(...)

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 (...)

An offshore wind farm off the coast of England, operated by Innogy Renewables.

After years of neglect, energy companies plan to sink almost €6 billion into the Irish Sea over the next half decade or so on offshore wind projects. (...)

Leo Varadkar said the Government “has the option to buy” into the network, and because it was not a commercial piece of infrastructure “one would expect that to be a relatively inexpensive proposition”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Taoiseach has confirmed that infrastructure for the rollout of high speed broadband will be owned by the consortium that develops the network and (...)

AIB whistleblower Eugene McErlean, who exposed overcharging. Photograph: Eric Luke

Throughout his career as an elected politician, Pat Rabbitte’s greatest flaw was that he always seemed terribly pleased at how he had turned out. Th(...)

Mr Rabbitte said Ms Zappone had made it clear that she expected the recommendations of Tusla to be implemented by Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The new chairman of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, has defended the State child and family agency against criticism of the handling of the Scouting Ireland cont(...)

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott wrote to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week seeking to have a lette(...)

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