Labour to launch motion on National Broadband Plan – 11.45am LH Plinth

Labour Trade Unionists
22 October 2019

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD and Seán Sherlock TD will be available to speak to reporters today, Tuesday 22nd October, at 11.45am as they launch our motion on public ownership of the national broadband network and to comment on issues of the day.

What: Launch of Labour motion on National Broadband Plan.

Where: Leinster House Plinth.

When: 11.45, Tuesday 22nd October.

 ENDS

The Full Text of the motion is:

“That Dáil Éireann:
— notes the Report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment entitled ‘Report on an investigation to examine the National Broadband Plan process thus far and how best to proceed and the best means to roll out rural broadband’, which was laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on the 27th August, 2019;
— endorses the view of the Oireachtas Joint Committee that: high speed broadband is a vital piece of infrastructure for rural Ireland and should be provided as quickly as possible, to the same standard as is available commercially in other parts of the country, at the same cost to consumers as elsewhere and at best value to the taxpayer; and
— the broadband network infrastructure should be under the ownership of the State, as it is strategically important; and
— resolves that public moneys should not be expended on any proposed broadband telecommunications network unless such a network is, or is to be, owned by a Minister of the Government or a public body on behalf of the people.”

— Sean Sherlock, Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton, Alan Kelly, Jan O’Sullivan, Willie Penrose, Brendan Ryan.

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