Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (947)

Mattie McGrath


947. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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. [45072/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Department's Appropriation Account, which is publicly available on the C&AG website provides details of each voted service administered by it.

The 2017 Appropriation Account confirms the Department incurred no expenditure which was not procured in accordance with national and EU tender requirements.

The 2018 Appropriation Account confirms the Department complied with procurement guidelines with the exception of one contract to the value of €60,872. That contract related to the commissioning of a review into the Oversight Search and Rescue (SAR) Aviation Operations in Ireland following a safety recommendation from the Department's Air Accident Investigation Unit.

In view of the urgency of the recommendation, the Department elected to use a "negotiated procedure without prior publication", in accordance with Regulation 32 of S.I. 284 of 2016 - European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016. Details of this contract are included in the Department's annual return in respect of Circular 40/02.

The Department's 2019 Appropriation Account will be published in 2020.