Govt And NBP In Doubt After Naughten Bow

Written 4 days ago by Ben Finnegan


The future of the government and the National Broadband Plan looks in doubt after the resignation of the Communications Minister.

Denis Naughten stepped down yesterday after controversy over meetings he had with a businessman involved in the bid for the broadband licence.

Leo Varadkar explaining why he asked Minister Denis Naughten to consider his position.

Sources said Mr Naughten’s story about how many times he met businessman David McCourt had changed a number of times.

Mr McCourt is heading up the last remaining bidder for the National Broadband Plan contract, and it was revealed yesterday met then Minister Naughten for private dinners four times.

Deputy Naughton insists he has to meet investors as Minister, and that’s how business is done.

He believes the pressure on him to resign was more about PR than practicality

Minister Richard Bruton has been appointed to the communications brief on a temporary basis.

The shock resignation has left questionmarks looming over the future of the National Broadband Plan, and the government itself.

Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley says it’s hard to say if there will be a snap election.