Communications Minister Resigns
Written 5 days ago by Mary Kate Findon
The Minister for Communications has resigned his position.
In a statement to the Dail Denis Naughten said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position.
Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten has been under pressure to explain his contacts with businessman David Mc Court who is part of a consortium bidding for the tender for the national broadband plan.
In a defiant speech he said there was no interference in the procurement process and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.
Minister Naughten says he hopes the broadband plan can be allowed to continue.
However Laois TD and Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Communications Brian Stanley says the entire process is legally flawed.
It has been revealed that Denis Naughten attended four private dinners with one of the main bidders in the process without any officials present.
He maintains he’s satisfied there was no interference in the bidding process.
However the Taoiseach says his actions undermined the plan and he asked Denis Naughten to stand aside.
More details to follow.