Robert Watt

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Robert Watt: ‘We assume that attendance at the above two committees is sufficient on this occasion’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure Robert Watt has said he will not appear at an Oireachtas committee today to discuss the (...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Major value-for-money reports on the National Broadband Plan consistently overestimated by €1 billion costs facing the operator. The error in the cos(...)

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(...)

We have a ruling culture that has already forgotten everything that happened so recently. It has “moved on” into a bland technocratic desert where thinking about all big public projects is outsourced because that way no one has to take responsibility for the public good.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we think of the madness that is the National Broadband Plan (NBP), of €3 billion of public money for infrastructure that will be owned by a priva(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe rejected advice from a senior civil servant about the broadband plan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The controversy surrounding the huge cost of the National Broadband Plan is growing nearly as quickly as the list of zeros at the end of bill. Ou(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte walk along the parliament in The Hague, Netherlands,  prior to the Summit in Sibiu. Photograph: EPA

Ireland and the Netherlands intend to stand firm on the issue of tax sovereignty, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Both countries have been criticis(...)

 The vacancy at the Central Bank of Ireland arose when governor Philip Lane moved to the European Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The competition to find the next governor of the Central Bank has been narrowed down to a shortlist of four candidates, including bookies’ favourite, (...)

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