The Minister for Communications has resigned his position.
In a statement to the Dail this afternoon, Denis Naughten said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position, and he felt Leo Varadker no longer had confidence in him.
The 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, Mr Naughten told the Dáil that there was no interference in the procurement process for the NBP, and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.
Minister Naughten said, however, that he hopes the broadband plan can be allowed to continue.