Minister for Communications resigns amid broadband plan controversy

The Minister for Communications has resigned his position.

In a statement to the Dail Denis Naughten said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position.

Denis Naughten, a Roscommon TD has been under pressure to explain his contacts with businessman David Mc Court who is part of a consortium bidding for the tender for the national broadband plan.

In a defiant speech he said there was no interference in the procurement process and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.

However, Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle told the Dail that Deputy Naughten’s speech today raises more questions than it answers about the government’s relationship with businessmen like David Mc Court: