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State subsidy leeway for broadband plan jumps by €800m

KPMG warned that costs submitted by top bidder Granahan McCourt were higher than government estimate, but details in its report were redacted

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
19th May, 2019
David McCourt of Granahan McCourt

The government was warned by experts that costs submitted by the preferred bidder for the national broadband project were “higher than expected”.

The Granahan McCourt consortium is to be awarded a government subsidy worth billions for connecting over 500,000 rural homes to high-speed broadband.

But an official report by KMPG for the government found that Granahan McCourt’s costs for building the network were higher than the Department of Communications had predicted, and that the...

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