Broadband cost investigation raises more questions

Broadband cost investigation raises more questions

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Timmy Dooley TD is questioning the validity of the National Broadband Plan tender process after it was confirmed this week that estimates of the cost of the plan had fallen short by €1 billion.

Deputy Dooley said, “It is incredible that despite years of analysis and a number of reports, the consultants hired by the Department of Communications as procurement advisors provided an estimated cost for the project, which turned out to be €1bn less than the eventual estimated cost of the plan.

“KPMG, which designed the tendering process, underestimated the cost of the plan by around 50%. The Department then tasked KPMG with reappraising its own work, which had been so wide of the mark in the first place.

“This latest revelation is just further evidence of the serious issues which existed in the tendering process and which were never rectified.

“Fianna Fáil has consistently raised concerns about the tendering process for the National Broadband Plan. The information provided by KPMG is yet further confirmation that the tendering process was seriously flawed”.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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