Watt is right to question the €3 billion broadband bill

The negative response to senior civil servant Robert Watt’s criticism of the massive cost of the rural broadband rollout is yet another example of this society’s dislike of straight talkers

5th May, 2019
Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform PIc: RollingNews

Ireland doesn’t like listening to naysayers. It turns out it really doesn’t matter who the naysayers are. Not even one of the most senior civil servants in the country is exempt from this very simple rule: when someone shouts stop, we as a society shout them down.

It is a key weakness our institutions have. We blew up our economy a decade ago thanks to this weakness. Countless reports on the...

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