Thursday, 30 May 2019

Questions (122)

Dara Calleary


122. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress to date for each of the 41 action points made in the mobile phone and broadband taskforce report published in December 2016 in which his Department has lead or joint responsibility for implementing; if each such action point has been completed, not completed or is ongoing, respectively; and the revised deadlines for action points not delivered by the original timeframes in tabular form. [23062/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce, published in December 2016, contained 40 actions aimed at accelerating the delivery of telecommunications infrastructure by commercial operators and also at facilitating the rollout of the State led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan.

An Implementation Review Report was published in February 2018 and provides a detailed account of progress made on all 40 of the actions included in the original report. The review shows that 29 of the actions were completed, or substantially completed, by the end of 2017, and 11 actions were carried forward to the 2018 work programme. In addition to the actions carried over from 2017, a number of new actions were identified for inclusion in the 2018 work programme resulting in a total of 34 actions for delivery in 2018.

A further Implementation Review was published on 21 February 2019 which details progress made on the 34 actions identified for delivery throughout 2018. Similarly, the 2018 Implementation Review Report identifies additional actions for inclusion in the 2019 work programme.

In addition to the above mentioned Implementation Review Reports, the Taskforce publishes quarterly progress reports. All reports, including both the 2017 and 2018 Implementation Reviews, can be accessed at