Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1003)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1003. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by her Department or bodies under her aegis that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45058/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by my Department that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines in 2017 and 2018 are outlined in the following table. No such contracts exist to date in 2019.

Subject of Contract / Purchase

Value €

2017

TRK Construction t/a TKC Construction - Secure replacement doors were required for Oberstown Children Detention Campus

€775,000

Aspect Interior Systems - Goods of a highly specialised nature (acoustic panelling) were required at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus

€56,000

PC Peripherals - Purchase of laptops for staff moving to another premises and to cater for incoming staff

€31,487

Expert Technical Group - To Identify the Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway

€123,692

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) - It was considered that ECI was best placed to develop and deliver a Train the Trainer Programme for the "Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education" because of the uniqueness of the guidelines and the exceptional expertise that the organisation had in this area to fulfill all requirements.

€45,155

2018

Independent Reviewer appointed to carry out investigations to see if any evidence of illegal registrations could be obtained from records of former adoption agencies held by Tusla or the Adoption Authority.

€ 35,138

The Adoption Authority of Ireland has advised that all contracts awarded in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are compliant with procurement guidelines.

I have referred the question to Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) and the Ombudsman for Children's Office and asked them to provide the information sought directly to the Deputy.