Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Timmy Dooley TD has said that Minister Denis Naughten must put into the public domain information surrounding a number of legal threats he has received over the National Broadband Plan.

“During a debate in the Dáil last week, Minister Naughten outlined that  since he became Minister he has  been threatened twice, if not three times, with legal action in regard to the National Broadband Plan.”

“This is quite a revelation, and I feel that Minister Naughten must outline publicly the total number of legal threats received by him since becoming Minister.”

“We need to know the nature of these threats. Were they made verbally or in written form? Were they received from any of the consortia currently bidding for the NBP contract?” asked Dooley.

“How the Minister and the Department responded to these legal threats also needs to be outlined.”

“These allegations by the Minister and how he and his Department have responded to them will have an impact on the National Broadband Plan. Members of Dáil Éireann, but especially the Irish public, deserve to know what is happening.”

“Any legal challenge that could further slow the rollout of the National Broadband Plan must be taken very seriously. We have already seen this plan delayed until 2023; communities’ right across Ireland, both rural and urban, will not stand for further delays.”