Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Timmy Dooley, has called on the Minister for Communications to urgently clarify whether the National Broadband Plan faces another delay.

His calls come as the Taoiseach confirmed today that broadband provider, Imagine, has challenged some details of the contract to be awarded to Granahan-McCourt.

Deputy Dooley commented “The National Broadband Plan has blown through deadline after deadline since its announcement in 2012.

“Despite Oireachtas Committee Reports, Dáil motions and even a resignation, it is clear that this Government has failed to address the serious flaws in the tendering process. They have buried their head in the sand hoping for a different outcome while doing the same thing time after time.

“The Taoiseach has confirmed that Imagine have challenged the National Broadband Plan on the basis of the map of the intervention area.

“However, this challenge raises further concerns. How long will this challenge take to be resolved? When is it envisaged that consultation with the European Commission will be completed?

“Fianna Fáil is urgently calling on the Minister for Communications to state whether the National Broadband Plan has been delayed further and for how long”, concluded Deputy Donnelly.