Colm McCarthy: ‘It’s time for an inquiry into this colossal failure’

0
15

Colm McCarthy: ‘It’s time for an inquiry into this colossal failure’

National Broadband Plan has lurched from crisis to crisis since its inception, writes Colm McCarthy


The Department of Communications has consistently claimed, for many years and until very recently, that the plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every unserved property in Ireland would cost €500m, one-sixth of the figure revealed by Pat Leahy. Stock image
The Department of Communications has consistently claimed, for many years and until very recently, that the plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every unserved property in Ireland would cost €500m, one-sixth of the figure revealed by Pat Leahy. Stock image

Writing in The Irish Times on October 26, Pat Leahy reported: “There are growing fears at the highest level of Government about the escalating costs of the National Broadband Plan, now estimated at some €3bn, and officials are working on ‘plan B’ in case the entire process collapses.”

The Department of Communications has consistently claimed, for many years and until very recently, that the plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every unserved property in Ireland would cost €500m, one-sixth of the figure revealed by Pat Leahy.

If the cost turns out to be €3bn, or anything close to it, this project will rank as another dispiriting failure in the evaluation and management of large public projects.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article.

Sign In

window.gigyaIntegration = window.gigyaIntegration || {};
gigyaIntegration.command = gigyaIntegration.command || ;
gigyaIntegration.command.push(function() {
gigyaIntegration.addEventHandlers({
onLogin: function(e) {
location.reload();
}
});
$(‘#datawall-sign-in’).click(function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
gigyaIntegration.showLoginScreenSet({
signupSource: ‘opinion’
});
});
$(‘#datawall-sign-up’).click(function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
gigyaIntegration.showRegisterScreenSet({
signupSource: ‘opinion’
});
});
});

(function() {
var zergnet = document.createElement(‘script’);
zergnet.type = ‘text/javascript’; zergnet.async = true;
zergnet.src = (document.location.protocol == “https:” ? “https:” : “http:”) + ‘//www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=46430’;
var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0];
znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr);
})();

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here