Doyle to review Eircom licence award
Published 11/05/2000 | 00:11
By DAVID MURPHY TELECOMS regulator Etain Doyle will review a decision to award a valuable wireless licence to Eircom after it emerged five...
> Doyle to review Eircom licence award
By DAVID MURPHY
TELECOMS regulator Etain Doyle will review a decision to award a valuable wireless licence to Eircom after it emerged five members on her judging panel held shares in the company.
The workers had been aware that they were not allowed own stock in a company under the regulator's jurisdiction, spokesman Brighid Smyth said.
A review is under way in the regulator's office, and no decision has been made about what sanctions, if any, should be taken against the employees.
A company which failed in its bid to win a licence yesterday settled its legal action against the regulator's office. The firm, Broadnet, which is headed by Galway entrepreneur Declan Ganley, will pay its own costs. It claimed the competition was biased in favour of Eircom. Ms Doyle yesterday announced she would re-evaluate submissions by Broadnet and by Eircom for the licence.
Six other licences will be awared, as planned, to the other winners in June and final one will be awarded in July.
Ms Doyle only became aware that the five workers out of ten on the steering committee owned shares following a solicitor's letter from Broadnet last month.
She said in a statement that no member of the group allowed their ownership of shares affect their judgement.
Last night Ms Smyth said: ``It is a serious issue and we will deal with it.'' She stressed the settlement meant there would be no delay in licences being awarded.
Eircom corporate affairs director Gerry O'Sullivan said: ``We are extremely concerned at how the matter has developed. We have done nothing wrong, but we are agreeing to have our submission re-evaluated.''
The new review will be headed by telecoms expert Jim Norton, Keith Bernard, head of the telecom regulator's framework division, and a firm of Danish consultants.
The move was welcomed by Broadnet.