Upcoming Events

National | Crime and Justice

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Lebanon SITREP: second letter from a Lebanese friend Sat Aug 08, 2020 01:56 | The Saker
My Lebanese friend just sent me this report about Hassan Nasrallah’s speech today: – There is much to say, but Sayyed did not allow the enemies any chance to turn

offsite link SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State Thu Aug 06, 2020 23:22 | amarynth
DEAR FRIENDS, READERS, SUBSCRIBERS, AND SUPPORTERS, We are pleased to inform you about another eye-opening report about SouthFront?s work released by the highest levels of the US government. In early

offsite link How Western Media Fabricate The ?China Experts? Thu Aug 06, 2020 22:32 | The Saker
by Thorsten J. Pattberg for The Saker Blog NEW YORK ? A media professional from China asks: ?Why do the Western media always promote the same ?China experts? who preach

offsite link War Drums Beat In Middle East After Thousands Of Casualties In Beirut Explosion Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:25 | amarynth
South Front On the evening of August 4th, a massive explosion rocked the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, causing devastating damage and leaving thousands of casualties. The explosion

offsite link Sitrep Lebanon : How 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stranded in Beirut port for 6 years Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:05 | amarynth
Source: Al-Mayadeen, Lebanese TV channel pro-Hezbollah, August 5th, 2020 Translation: resistancenews.org https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.dailymotion.com... Transcript: Greetings. Anyone who sees these photos will find it hard to believe that they show the

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Whitewash: Report On Broadband Is A Cover Up

category national | crime and justice | press release author Wednesday November 28, 2018 23:30author by PBP - People Before Profit Report this post to the editors

The report into the activities of the former Minister, Denis Naughton, on rural broadband is a total whitewash.

Naughton held eighteen meetings, and five dinners with representatives of Granahan McCourt. Minutes of these meetings were not kept and there were often no civil servants present. Yet the company was a bidder for the lucrative broadband contract.

But aside from Naughton’s unusual behaviour, there is an even bigger scandal looming.

Rural broadband was originally supposed to cost some hundreds of millions. But the latest estimate puts that figure at a staggering €3 billion.
20170907_broadband_report.jpg

Once again privatisation means huge costs for Irish taxpayers.

Up to 1999, the telephone network was run by a state company, Telecom Eireann. But the Fianna Fail government decided to copy Margaret Thatcher and sell it off. Ever since then, disaster has piled on disaster.

Instead of providing long term investment to install broad band, a series of private owners simply asset stripped the company, which had been re-named Eircom.

By October 2010, for example, Ireland was ranked 29 out of 30 countries, ahead only of Mexico for broadband speed. Only a fifth of the population had access on that date.

Yet this disaster presented another opportunity for private companies to further blackmail the government.

One of the first companies to bid for contracts was Enet, a small company based in Michael Noonan’s Limerick constituency but backed by Granahan McCourt.

It won an original contract to bring broadband to 94 towns but after a meeting with Fine Gael Minister, Michael Noonan, this contract was extended without any tender being issued. The extension pushed up the value of Enet and then, lo and bold, the state controlled Irish Investment Fund bought a major stake in the company for approximately €150 million.

On one hand, a state decision to extend a contract increased the price that another arm of state paid for a share in a private firm. You could not make it up!

Then, mysteriously, the Irish Investment Fund bought the remaining share of Enet for an undisclosed sum.

Meanwhile in a move that is not unknown among multi-nationals who bid for state contracts, two other consortiums pulled out of a bid to install rural broadband.

That left behind David McCourt, the founder and chairman of McGranahan McCourt, the company from which the state’s Investment Fund had bought shares in Enet.

As the last bidder, McCourt has the state over a barrel – or more precisely he looked on as the state threw itself over that barrel.

And in a final twist of fate, McCourt quietly announced that the make-up of his own consortium had changed.

The main supplier of the physical infrastructure would now be a new company, Actavo owned by none other than Denis O Brien.

Actavo used to be known as Siteserv and faced considerable criticism over how it won contracts to install Irish water meters.

But here it is again, standing at the ready to take its slice of another lucrative state contract – after many mysterious moves.

Only in Ireland, as they say!

The report can be found at: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/documents/NBP_Procurement_Process_Audit_...8.pdf

Related Link: http://www.pbp.ie/whitewash-report-on-broadband-is-a-cover-up/
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy