Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I do not have much to add to this but I had picked it out and underlined the relevant sentence. Effectively, it amounts to a blank cheque. The Taoiseach had signalled this earlier. It seems, if we are to believe it, that we are about to write another blank cheque for broadband provision. This is a significant concern. We are continuing down an endless road in respect of the costs of this project. They got it wrong from the beginning. They handed out the contract to the man before the house was designed at all and God knows where it will end because there is not a person in the Oireachtas who will be able to say how much it will cost until it is finished, and I would say it will be significantly more, as Deputy Kelly said.


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