deputy Hildegarde Naughton

  • Galway deputy Hildegarde Naughten has stepped aside from an Oireachtas committee examining the votegate controversy.

    The investigation is examining complaints about TDs voting for members who were not in the chamber at the time.

    The Fine Gael deouty recused herself from the investigation on legal advice.

    She admitted to voting on behalf of another TD while they were in the Dáil chamber.

  • The Communications Committee is to meet later today to discuss the National Broadband Plan.

    It'll hear separately from KPMG, who were appointed in 2014 to advise on ownership options and the procurement process, and ComReg, the telecommunications regulation of Ireland.

    The broadband plan has come in for criticism after the initial budget increased significantly to 3 billion euro.

    Chairperson of the Communications Committee, Galway based Fine Gael deputy Hildegarde Naughton says that the government wants to ensure that there is no cheaper or quicker option available for the rollout of the National Broadband Plan