Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural Resources Timmy Dooley TD has raised concerns following confirmation that there have been significant changes to the makeup of the final remaining consortium bidding for the National Broadband Plan.

Deputy Dooley made the comments after raising the issue in the Dáil earlier today with Minister Naughten.

Deputy Dooley said, “The submission of the final tender is obviously an important step forward. However I have serious concerns over the ability of the consortium to deliver on the National Broadband Plan after it was confirmed that enet’s role has been downgraded to that of a partner position.

Granaham McCourt, a private investment firm, now leads up the bid. Minister Naughten must clarify whether there have been any other changes to the consortium following reports that John Laing have left the group. The ESB, Vodafone, Eir and SSE have all pulled out of the bidding process to date.

“It’s evident that the character of the remaining bidder has changed dramatically since SSE pulled out of the bidding process in July. It raises serious questions whether the consortium has the ability and expertise to deliver on the National Broadband Plan.”