Thursday, 30 May 2019

Ceisteanna (126, 127, 131)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

126. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the role of a company (details supplied) in the national broadband plan during periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23085/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

127. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason his Department indicated that a company (details supplied) was described as an ultimate investor in replies to parliamentary questions which were subsequently corrected; if the company was ever an ultimate investor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23086/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

131. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeline of the entities within a company (details supplied) within the bidding process as reported to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23090/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 126, 127 and 131 together.

The NBP procurement process set out a mechanism for the Department to assess and approve or reject changes to the membership of any of the bidders. In demonstrating financial and economic capacity, Granahan McCourt relied on the resources of Tetrad Corporation and McCourt Global LLC. who were approved by the Department as bidder members in September 2018.

The ability to rely on resources of another entity or entities and the requirements for doing so are set out in the Project Information Memorandum, including at section 10.2 and the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. Tetrad Corporation and McCourt Global LLC both reiterated their support at Final Tender, and Tetrad Corporation also provided a commitment letter at Final Tender in relation to the equity required for the project.

In relation to a previous parliamentary question on the investors in National Broadband Ireland my Department provided a clarification where an earlier response had inadvertently conflated the roles of the Bidder Members with investors.