Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
Leo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
Subsequently, in December 2015, his successor in the Department, Alex White, also of the Labour Party, examined five different options of ownership and decided to narrow them down to just two. One was the concession model, the other the gap-funded model. The decision to go for the gap-funded model was made by this Government but the decision to narrow down the options to just two was made by the former Labour Party Minister and Deputy, Alex White. This is a project of which Labour should be proud and I hope that those in the party have not ruled out the possibility of supporting it once they have had a chance to consider all the issues and see whether the alternatives that are being proposed really stack up or would be quicker or cheaper. I do not believe they would be.
As for the ownership issue, the core infrastructure in all of this is the poles and ducts.