Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Questions (286)

Micheál Martin


286. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of staff working in the procurement area for major State infrastructure projects in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4574/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

In regard to my Department’s National Development Plan programme, which involves a number of major State infrastructure projects, it is the responsibility of the Sponsoring Agency, under the Public Spending Code (PSC), to ensure compliance with all relevant procurement requirements. For such projects, my Department is the Sanctioning Authority and as such, exercises an oversight function rather than undertaking procurements directly. Major State infrastructure projects under the aegis of my Department are typically delivered in partnership with national cultural institutions and the Office of Public Works through structures provided for under the PSC.

More generally, where procurement is required within the Department, it is undertaken by the Unit responsible, with support from the Office of Government Procurement, in line with relevant procurement legislation and having regard to the Public Spending Code and Public Financial Procedures.