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Broadband Plan Denounced As The “Most Expensive And Shameless Government Spin In History”

category national | sci-tech | press release author Thursday May 09, 2019 23:19author by pbp Report this post to the editors

Press Release - People Before Profit 8th May 2019

Concern for rural Ireland described as fake as state gives huge bonanza to private tech and finance firms

Bríd Smith TD has called the Broadband announcement by Government the “most expensive press release and piece of media spin in the state’s history.”

She said the scale of the costs and the entire project would be one of the main things this Government is remembered for along with the housing crisis.

Deputy Smith is a member of the communications committee and was speaking ahead of a briefing from Minister Bruton’s Department this morning.

The People Before Profit TD claimed that the professed concern about rural Ireland was entirely bogus giving the Governments ongoing closure of rural post offices and the failure to invest in public transport in towns and villages.

She stated that the Taoiseach’s comparisons with the electrification of rural Ireland were particularly ironic given that it was a state company which undertook and provided that key service. “In comparison, because of their ideology this Government have privatised this service, they have squandered millions on a flawed tendering process and told us this is the most efficient way to proceed. We end up with one bidder and a PR disaster that they are now desperately trying to rescue but which will haunt this country for decades.”

She reiterated earlier calls for the ESB to take over the project saying, “If we had built rural electrification on a privatised, competitive tendering model like this, half of the country would still be using candles for lighting.”

She said she intends to raise several questions with the Minister including-

Why will the actual contract take another 6 months to finalise?

Will outstanding court cases and investigations including ones involving partners in the winning consortium have any effects on the final signing of the contracts?

What will happen if earlier bidders initiate court challenges to the awarding of the contract to E NET?

Why have some documents around the process not been released and when will they become public?

How much money is the consortium putting up compared to the state?

Did the Department investigate the possibly of any collusion between bidders given that one bidder that pulled out is set to gain €1bn form the project?

Related Link: https://www.pbp.ie/broadband-plan-denounced-as-the-most-expensive-and-shameless-government-spin-in-history/
author by leftypublication date Fri May 10, 2019 13:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We taxpayers will be paying 3 billion at least for this
but a private consortium will end up owning all the infrastructure afterwards.

What kind of crooked FG bullshite is this??

author by Turpspublication date Sat May 11, 2019 10:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Follow the money.

 
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