Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1628, 1648)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

1628. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a delay will occur in the tendering process for stage II of the Dunkettle interchange upgrade in Cork. [36432/19]

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Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

1648. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied that the process by which Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, enables a public contract to go to tender is fit for purpose in view of the tender process for the Dunkettle interchange upgrade stage II, the cost of which was underestimated. [36776/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1628 and 1648 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

This also includes responsibility for the procurement and tendering process associated with the national roads programme. In that regard, TII, as a Statutory Body, operates under Public Procurement Guidelines which are set at National Level, the extensive body of national and European public procurement law, established forms of contract, and the public capital investment procedures.

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply regarding the timelines and tender process for Stage II of the Dunkettle Interchange Project. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.