Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was absolutely right to force Denis Naughten to resign as Minister for Communications. The real danger is that the episode may have compromised the roll-out of the national broadband plan. Varadkar has asked Peter Smyth, the independent process auditor for the National Broadband Programme, to assess whether or not the process has been compromised as a result of Naughten’s meetings. While Varadkar told the Dáil that Naughten had acted in the national interest by resigning, the Roscommon TD had no option. Varadkar told the Dáil he was determined to see the National Broadband Plan through to completion, and compared it in ambition to the rural electrification scheme of the 1950s.
Source: The Irish Times October 11, 2018 23:03 UTC