State Has Already Paid €176 Million Into Much-Delayed Broadband Plan

Less than 7,000 premises have been connected since the plan was launched two years ago.

The taxpayer has paid €176 million into the National Broadband Plan, which to date has set up less than 7,000 connections.

The target for last year alone was 15,000 connections, with covid-19 blamed for delays.

The cost of the plan currently stands at €2.7 billion - 90 per cent of which is being financed by the State.

Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley questioned National Broadband Ireland at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

He claims serious flaws in the contract mean the investors are the big winners here:

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