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Public Procurement Contracts

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 March 2021

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Questions (262)

Mairéad Farrell

Question:

262. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by her Department or bodies under her aegis that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines in 2018, 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; the value and nature of the contact work carried out in each case; the year of each contract in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11386/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

My Department strives to ensure that there is an appropriate focus on best procurement practice and that procedures are in place to ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines to the greatest extent possible.

Where exceptions do arise, as provided for under the provisions of Department of Finance Circular 40/02, the Department provides the details of such instances to the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The details of any instances that arose in 2018 and 2019 are included in the Statement on Internal Financial Control which forms part of the Annual Appropriation Accounts published by the Comptroller and Auditor General at https://www.audit.gov.ie/en/find-report/publications/2019/vote-33-culture-heritage-and-the-gaeltacht.pdf and https://www.audit.gov.ie/en/find-report/publications/2020/vote-33-culture-heritage-and-the-gaeltacht.pdf

Details pertaining to any instances which arose in 2020 and may arise for 2021 will be contained in my Department’s Annual Appropriation Account for the years in question which will fall to be published by the Comptroller and Auditor General in due course.

Procurement within the bodies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for which the bodies themselves are responsible.

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