Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1090)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1090. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she is satisfied that the tender process for the public services card adhered to public procurement guidelines insofar as a company (details supplied) appears to have been the sole bidder for the second generation card contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45114/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I am satisfied that my Department has fully complied with its legal obligations under EU law and Irish law with regard to the tender process for the implementation, production, personalisation and distribution of the Public Services Card (PSC).

The request for tender was an open procurement which was advertised on eTenders, which is the Irish Government's electronic tendering platform administered by the Office of Government Procurement.

The tender process was open from 16th February 2018 to 19th of March 2018. The timeframe allowed was commensurate with the timeframe used when the original tender for the PSC was published in 2008.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.