Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (879)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

879. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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. [45059/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

As a matter of course, my Department complies with the procurement framework. However, on occasion, contracts are awarded without a competitive tender. These contracts are approved in accordance with Circular 40/2002 (Public Procurement Guidelines), which recognises that in certain exceptional circumstances, the award of a contract without competitive procurement is justified.

My Department discloses details all contracts in excess of €25,000 awarded without competitive procurement in its Appropriation Account each year.

Since 2017, 34 contracts (totalling €14.6m) have been awarded non-competitively by my Department. Details of these contracts, along with the exception which applies in each case, are shown in the table below.

Year Awarded

Contract

Contract Value

Exception for not following a competitive procurement process

2017

Maintenance of the Department’s core ArcGIS platform.

€684,000

The agent, licensee or franchise holder has sole rights to supply a service or product.

2017

Supplier of geocodes for use in the Department’s mapping systems.

€34,000

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Software licensing and support for the Department’s virtual server environment.

€109,594

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Upgrade to the Department’s financial management system.

€74,600

The agent, licensee or franchise holder has sole rights to supply a service or product.

2017

Modelling of the implications for Ireland of the proposed EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

€350,000

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Ongoing development and application of energy systems modelling, integrated electricity and gas modelling and policy simulation modelling.

€250,000

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Supporting the development of Ireland’s first National Mitigation Plan and related technical analytical support.

€61,000

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Delivery of a waste information and awareness campaign.

€35,000

The particular service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2017

Urgent environmental monitoring at mining sites.

€65,450

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2017

Examination of the technical feasibility and cost of undergrounding the proposed North-South interconnector.

€100,000

The particular service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2017

Provision of legal advice regarding the Corrib gas field project.

€100,000

Due to urgency a competitive process could not be undertaken in the time available.

2017

Purchase of firewalls for the National Cyber Security Centre.

€296,990

Any public knowledge of the operations of the National Cyber Security Centre would be considered a security risk.

2017

Purchase of hardware for the National Cyber Security Centre.

€121,983

Any public knowledge of the operations of the National Cyber Security Centre would be considered a security risk.

2018

Management of the National Digital Research Centre.

€5,250,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Financial and procurement advisory services in relation to the National Broadband Plan.

€1,140,014

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Technical advisory services in relation to the National Broadband Plan.

€1,093,014

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Legal advisory services in relation to the National Broadband Plan.

€1,087,564

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Economic and strategy advisory services in relation to the National Broadband Plan.

€250,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Legal advice in relation to Shell’s proposed divestment of its shareholding of Shell in Corrib Gas Field.

€100,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2018

Investigation into the mine collapse at the Gyproc gypsum mine in Co. Monaghan.

€100,000

Due to urgency a competitive process cannot be undertaken in the time available.

2018

Purchase of servers for the National Cyber Security Centre.

€68,293

Any public knowledge of the operations of the National Cyber Security Centre would be considered a security risk.

2019

Financial and procurement advisory services in support of National Broadband Plan.

€850,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Legal advisory services in support of National Broadband Plan.

€600,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Technical advisory services in support of National Broadband Plan.

€430,375

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Marginal abatement cost curve for Ireland.

€318,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Economic and strategy advisory services in support of National Broadband Plan.

€100,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Simulated cyber operations.

€80,000

Any public knowledge of the operations of the National Cyber Security Centre would be considered a security risk.

2019

iSummation infrastructure licence.

€66,000

The agent, licensee or franchise holder has sole rights to supply a service or product.

2019

Seismic Programme.

€50,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Tax & VAT advisory services in support of National Broadband Plan.

€40,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

GeoDirectory Licence.

€34,000

The service provider has exclusive data or information required to perform a particular task.

2019

Legal drafting services.

€25,000

The service provider possesses a special advantage due to earlier research exclusively carried out in a particular area.

2019

Open source IT forensics training.

€24,500

Any public knowledge of the operations of the National Cyber Security Centre would be considered a security risk.

2019

Repairs of 850 adit at Avoca mine.

€600,000

Due to urgency a competitive process cannot be undertaken in the time available.

€14,589,377

The information requested in relation to the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each agency. The Department will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of their organisations.