Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (71)

Bríd Smith


71. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to commission a study to examine the feasibility of the re-nationalisation of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7480/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I assume the Deputy is referring to the ownership of eir in the context of recent discussions on the State led intervention under the National Broadband Plan.

As the Deputy is aware, Eir is a privately owned company operating in a fully liberalised commercial market since 1999. It is regulated by the independent Commission for Telecommunications Regulation, ComReg. I have no statutory role or function in relation to the commercial decisions of any of the private operators in the market, including eir.

I have no plans to commission a study of the nature referred to by the Deputy.