Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & Environment Timmy Dooley says a decision on the National Broadband Plan cannot be subjected to any further delays.

Deputy Dooley said, “We were told back in November that a recommendation on the National Broadband Plan would be brought to government “in the coming weeks”.  It’s now more than four months on, and in the intervening time there have been a number of major announcements which have the capacity to seriously undermine the viability of the plan as originally envisaged.

“The Taoiseach has now signalled that a decision on the NBP would be made and brought before the Dáil this side of Easter; this must be the final deadline.

“In recent days Leo Varadkar claimed that the cost of delivering the plan will be “many multiples” of the original cost of €500m.  He also indicated that the final decision on the NBP would not be made by this government as the lifetime of the project would span a number of electoral cycles.

“It is now more than 6 years since the National Broadband Plan was first announced and we seem to be no nearer to bringing broadband to rural areas now than we were back in 2012.  The delays to date are completely unacceptable and it is time for the government to make a decision on it”, concluded Deputy Dooley.