Monday 11 December 2017

Sell-off could fund a vital stimulus

The money raised by privatising some State assets could be invested in telecommunications and energy, writes Leo Varadkar

THE summer recess might be a bit of a holiday for some politicians but for most of us it is a chance to catch up on correspondence, constituency and committee work, policy writing and reading without the pressure of Dail debates, votes, late sittings, delegations, party events and media appearances.

For me, it has been a good chance to get to know my new brief as Fine Gael's spokesperson for Communications and Energy. I spent a day on site with Eircom looking at wires, cabinets, exchanges and high-speed broadband in the home.

I spent another with the ESB looking at power lines, control centres and electric cars and have been to see Eirgrid, Bord na Mona and the Energy Regulator among others. An Post and Bord Gais are still on the list. I even made one of my regular trips out to RTE but this time in a new capacity as broadcasting falls into the brief too.

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