Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton has said he will not be in a position to give a roll-out time for the National Broadband Plan until the tender process is completed.

He told RTÉ's Today with Miriam O'Callaghan that the broadband tendering process is reaching its final stages.

He said that his department is within weeks of getting a final independent evaluation of the final tender and he is not going to preempt the findings or make commitments until the Government looks at that evaluation.

Auditor Peter Smyth is due to report "imminently" on whether the bidding process was compromised by former minister Denis Naughten's meetings with businessman David McCourt.

Mr McCourt's company Granaham McCourt is part of a consortium bidding for the State broadband contract.

Minister Bruton said the Government is taking action in considering the establishment of a Digital Safety Commissioner.

He said last week he told an Oireachtas Committee that we need an independent entity to review codes of practice for online services and to deal with third-party complaints.