Tuesday September 29, 2020

Key civil servant called broadband plan a 'leap of fath'

In advice published by the government, Robert Watt said the state would be asked to bear an 'unprecedented risk' if the project were approved

8th May, 2019
Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform PIc: RollingNews

The letter from Robert Watt to the secretary general of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mark Griffin, written on April 16, said the state would be asked to bear an “unprecedented risk” if the project were approved.

Watt said he found it difficult to see how the contract represented value for money for the state or was in the best interests of the taxpayer.

A separate memo on the plan from...

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