Sinn Féin TD and Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley has said that the latest delay to the National Broadband Plan, announced by Minister Richard Bruton today, is “the latest delay in an increasingly farcical process”.
The Laois TD said that, if Cabinet do not discuss the NBP tomorrow, it will be almost a month until a decision to proceed is even taken given the Easter break.
Teachta Stanley said:
“The National Broadband Plan was initially announced in 2012. There have been two governments and four Ministers in that time. Last week, we were told by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that we would have a decision by the end of this week. Today, we are informed by the Minister that it will not be until after the Easter break.
“I was informed by PQ last year that some 80 civil servants and consultants were working on behalf of the government on this project. The tendering process has been a mess and now we are left in a worse one. We’ll be on 6 or 7G by the time this government gets around to sorting out the mess they have made of the rural broadband scheme.
“The people of rural Ireland have waited long enough and I do not believe that this Fine Gael government are treating this situation with the appropriate urgency and seriousness.