The review of the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan was not discussed at this morning's Cabinet meeting.

The report by Peter Smyth was received last evening by the Communications Minister Richard Bruton, with a view to it being presented to Ministers this morning.

However, that's now expected to happen at next week's Cabinet meeting instead. 

The report examines whether contacts between the former Communications Minister Denis Naughten and David McCourt, the businessman leading the only consortium left bidding for the contract, have undermined the plan.

The reivew was requested by the Taoiseach last month after Roscommon's Denis Naughten resigned when it emerged that he had met Mr McCourt a number of times while the procurement process was continuing.

Mr McCourt is the founder and chairman of Granahan McCourt, the only remaining bidder for the contract that would see the rollout of broadband across rural Ireland.

 

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