Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
Leo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
ComReg is the price regulator for telecoms in the State and has a role in capping prices. The Deputy may not agree but I see this as a Labour Party project, as well as a project of this Government. The Deputy's party and its Ministers were at the centre of making the project a reality, with a decision in 2012 to go to tender and to ask public and private companies on the open market to bid. The Minister at the time was Pat Rabbitte. From an article in The Sunday Business Postlast weekend, I note that he supports the Government decision to go ahead with this. He was right when he made that decision, because one cannot just hand a massive subsidy to any company, public or private, without a process, without procurement, without a tender and without state aid clearance.