Have Denis Naughten’s meetings with the lead bidder during the procurement process for the Government National Broadband Plan compromised the whole enterprise. And, if so, does it set the clock back to zero on what has already been a stop-start exercise, or does the Government have a workable plan B? From the outset, the Department of Communications took an incredibly legalistic approach to the tender, tying bidders up in mountains of paperwork. Even “facilitating” Mr McCourt and his family having lunch in the Dáil is a fairly standard courtesy afforded by most politicians. Could this leave the process open to legal challenge, the very scenario the department so desperately wishes to avoid?
Source: The Irish Times October 12, 2018 00:00 UTC