Monday September 28, 2020

The demise of a minister - and a broadband plan

What led to Denis Naughten’s shock resignation over broadband bidder contacts? And where does it leave the future of high-speed connectivity in rural Ireland?

14th October, 2018
David McCourt, chairman of Enet, with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister last week Picture: Andrew Downes, xposure

Denis Naughten could not have anticipated that his appearance at the Oireachtas communications committee at the beginning of the month would set off a chain reaction that would result in his surprise resignation last Thursday.

In an underground meeting room in Leinster House on October 2, Naughten confirmed he had had “a number of discussions with David McCourt” about the national broadband contract, including a now infamous dinner in New York.

McCourt, an Irish-American...

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