Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1157)

Mattie McGrath


1157. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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. [45067/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details of the contracts referred to by the Deputy are published in the annual Appropriation Accounts. The account for 2017 is available at: https://www.audit.gov.ie/en/Find-Report/Publications/2018/vote-34.pdf while that for 2018 is available at: https://www.audit.gov.ie/en/Find-Report/Publications/2019/Vote-34-Housing-Planning-and-Local-Government.pdf.

In summary, my Department complied with the guidelines with the exception of five contracts in 2017 totalling €425,388 (excluding VAT) and eight in 2018 totalling €770,842.

The exceptions generally occurred for reasons of urgency or where an existing contract was rolled over, pending completion of a new procurement process.

Information in relation to 2019 will only become available following completion of the Appropriation Account for 2019 and the assessment of that account by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Information in relation to contracts awarded by agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each agency. Arrangements have been put in place by each agency to facilitate the provision of information by State Bodies directly to members of the Oireachtas. The contact email address for each agency is in the table below.

Body under the aegis of the DHPLG

Agency Email

An Bord Pleanála


Ervia, Gas Networks Ireland


Housing Finance Agency


Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (Housing Agency)


Irish Water


Land Development Agency


Local Government Management Agency


Office of the Planning Regulator


Ordnance Survey Ireland


Property Registration Authority


Pyrite Resolution Board


Residential Tenancies Board


Valuation Office