Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (582)

Dara Calleary


582. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that CIE has introduced new procurement rules which will restrict small companies from tendering for work with CIE group companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24407/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Chairman of CIÉ in her report to me of 30th April 2014 under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies confirmed that the CIÉ Group Procurement Policy is in place to ensure compliance with the EU Public Procurement and Utilities Directives, as well as Board and Government policies. The Chairman also stated that substantially all procurements over the qualifying thresholds were put to open tender and inserted in the EU Journal where appropriate. While some exceptions were reported these have been substantially reduced in recent years.  

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