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Coffey, Paudie

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

I offer a view on this amendment and this is an matter we discussed at length on Committee Stage. While I might understand, or try to understand, from where Sinn Féin is coming on this, and I know...More Button

There is no doubt in my mind that we have learned from the mistakes of the past where essential infrastructure of Eircom was sold which literally set us back decades in terms of the development o...More Button

As I said on Committee Stage, this legislation is a game-changer in terms of the potential to deliver quality broadband to the regions of this country again. Sinn Féin's attitude on this is quit...More Button

As a result of this legislation we will see increased competition in the delivery of broadband. I hope this service provider, in partnership with the ESB, when it goes to market will be able to ...More Button

I have already expressed the concern to the Minister on Committee Stage that the service providers will cherry-pick some of the larger urban areas. It is obvious from a commercial sense that this ...More Button

Given I have the opportunity on the floor of Dáil Éireann, it would be remiss of me not to commend ESB Networks on behalf of the Members of Dáil Éireann and to thank its staff for the extraordina...More Button

I offer my support for this legislation. I hope Sinn Féin can accept the continual reassurances that have been given by the Government side that we recognise critical infrastructure. We have le...More Button

We discussed this issue at length on Committee Stage. I can understand the thrust of the amendment, in fairness to Fianna Fáil. There are many service providers advertising the provision of broad...More Button

This is not a cheap political shot at Fianna Fáil, but the reason we have a substandard level of telecommunications and broadband infrastructure in this country is due to the lack of investment i...More Button

In support of Deputy Colreavy, any Deputy from a rural constituency would be concerned about the speed at which quality broadband on fibre networks can be delivered to all regions in the country....More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Deputy McDonald is one to talk about surveillance.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

There are serious concerns with regard to rateable valuations and the review that is currently under way in many local authority areas. Of course, that review presents challenges for small busines...More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

I thank the Minister and his officials for bringing the Bill before the House.More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I welcome the passage of the Bill. The weaknesses in the broadband infrastructure have been highlighted by Deputies on all sides of the House and it is important to note the concerns expressed by ...More Button