Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (989)

Carol Nolan

Question:

989. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by her Department or bodies under the aegis of her Department that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines from 1 January 2019 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37804/20]

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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. My Department has not awarded any contracts over €25,000 which were found to be non-compliant with these requirements over the period 1st January 2019 to date.

I would note that during this period there have been 2 contracts over €25,000 awarded through direct award, where a competitive tender process was not conducted, but in compliance with exemptions permitted. I have set out, for the sake of completeness, details of these contracts not subject to a competitive process, but in full compliance with procurement guidelines.

With regard to the four bodies under the aegis of my Department, (Pobal, Water Safety Ireland, The Charities Regulator and the Western Development Commission), day to day operational matters, including contract award and compliance with procurement requirements are matters for the individual agencies concerned. 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. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

Company/Entity

Contract > €25k

‘Version 1’

Contract to develop a bespoke Information Technology system to manage the LEADER 2007-2013 programme was initially awarded 28/4/2008, by way of a competitive process. The system requires ongoing maintenance and updates. A contract for this was signed on 23/12/2019, covering the period 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2023.

€35,154

ESRI - Research Partnership

2 year research agreement between DRCD and ESRI to facilitate research and analysis to (I) support the monitoring and development of rural and community development policy, and (ii) helping develop a framework for monitoring and evaluation of rural and community development programmes. Non-competitive award is provided for in line with Article 14 of Directive 2014/24/EU.

€210,000