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Fergal Mulligan, programme manager of the National Broadband Plan and  Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications. Photograph: Maxwells

The National Broadband Plan is likely to cost more than the €1 billion previously signalled because of the high cost of connecting homes in rural par(...)

Minister Denis Naughten with Richard Moat, CEO eir. File photograph: MaxwellPhotography.ie

Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about the effect of Eir’s decision to withdraw its bid for the national rural broadband scheme. The company, the S(...)

Telecommunications company Eir has withdrawn from the broadband procurement process to provide infrastructure to 542,000 homes and business premises dotted throughout rural Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

The absence of high-speed broadband across much of rural Ireland has been one of the major failures of government over the past decade. That is why th(...)

The ambition of Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is to provide “next generation” broadband to all homes and businesss in the State through a combination of commercial and State investment. Photograph: Maxwells.

How much of a Government priority is broadband? When then minister for communications Pat Rabbitte launched the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in 2012(...)

Simon Coveney: “There are about 80 people working on this for the State to get this contract right”

A scheme to provide rural broadband will be in place by September so the Government can deliver it rapidly, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil. (...)

 Regional broadband: Eir’s departure renders the Government’s procurement process uncompetitive, a scenario that might prompt a recalibrated tender process. Photograph: Paul Bradley

The single biggest question hanging over Eir’s sudden departure from the Government’s broadband process is who pulled the plug, effectively turning th(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, who insisted on Wednesday the Government has not been put in a difficult position by Eir’s sudden withdrawal and that the plan, which aims to equip 542,000 homes and premises with high-speed connectivity, would be delivered on time and at no extra cost to the taxpayer. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has, for the first time, raised the prospect of pursuing an alternative plan to bring high-speed broadband (...)

SSE Generation Ireland Limited operates four plants and has a further two sites in the Republic. Photograph: iStock

The Irish electricity generation arm of London listed energy company SSE has posted a loss of €11.1 million stemming from a revaluation of oil-burning(...)

British Gas and Bord Gáis energy owner Centrica was the biggest loser on the FTSE on Thursday, falling by over 15 per cent. Photograph: PA Wire

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index dropped by 0.51 per cent on Thursday - a day when no stocks were traded in New York due to Thanksgiving. Acro(...)

Centrica is forecasting earnings per share of 12.5 pence, down 26 per cent from last year, according to a trading statement published on Thursday.

Centrica plunged the most in 20 years after Britain’s biggest energy supplier to homes warned profit would be lower than expected as an increasing num(...)

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