Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1493)

Catherine Murphy


1493. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 2280 of 23 July 2019, if he will provide a schedule of the more than 300 meetings to date between the national broadband plan procurement team and representatives of the preferred bidder since the competitive dialogue commenced in July 2016 that were attended by and-or representatives of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35122/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

As I advised the Deputy in reply to Question No. 2280 on 23 July last, the NBP process has, by its nature, involved a significant level of interaction with each of the bidders that participated in that process, including more than 300 meetings to date between the NBP Procurement Team and representatives of the Preferred Bidder since Competitive Dialogue, which forms part of the procurement process, commenced in July 2016. This procurement process is ongoing, with continued meetings with the Preferred Bidder to ensure all necessary financial and legal requirements are in place prior to financial close and award of contract.

The NBP Procurement Team has not met with the first named individual referenced by the Deputy. The team has met with the second named individual in the context of his direct involvement with the lead bidder Granahan McCourt and has had extensive engagement with the bid team.