Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites

9:30 am

Mr. Ciarán Ó hÓbáin:

Yes, through the mobile phone and broadband task force, there has been significant engagement with telecoms operators about ways of ensuring they can deploy infrastructure where they need to deploy it and trying to manage the costs around the infrastructure. A lot of the focus to date has been on the administrative processes and the engagement with local authorities, getting a consistent approach on road openings, fees, etc. The future work programme of the task force is being finalised at the moment, and one of the areas that has been proposed and is being looked at is how to best leverage the availability of existing State assets, especially buildings in the context of 5G where we will have to have smaller antennae and an increasing number of them, or a telecoms asset.