Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1020)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1020. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by his Department or bodies under his aegis that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45070/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

All procurement within my Department takes place in the context of national guidance, and national and EU requirements and regulations. From establishment in July 2017 to date, my Department has not awarded any contracts which were found to be non-compliant with these requirements.

With regard to the four bodies under the aegis of my Department, (Pobal, Water Safety Ireland, The Charities Regulator and the Western Development Commission), compliance with these requirements is a matter for each body. The procedures for procurement by State Bodies are set out in the code of practice for Governance of State Bodies and, in accordance with this code of practice, it is the responsibility of each Board to satisfy itself that public procurement requirements are adhered to.

In line with these responsibilities I have asked my officials to contact the agencies to provide you with the information requested by separate cover within the next 8 working days.