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Public Procurement Contracts

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 March 2021

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Questions (818)

Mairéad Farrell

Question:

818. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Health 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 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 he will make a statement on the matter. [11379/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to contracts that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines for the indicated years, the table below outlines the value, nature of the contact work carried out in each case.

Year

Value

Nature of Contract

2018

€74,322

This contract related to mobile and telephony services. It was intended that a new competitively tendered agreement would be in place. However, this tender competition was delayed due to competing priorities following my Department's move to Miesian Plaza. My officials had been liaising with the OGP in relation to this tendering process and this has since been put in place.

€31,763

This contract related to translation services. This spend was incurred throughout my Department with individual units procuring translation services. There was no individual unit that incurred a spend in excess of €25,000. A tender competition was subsequently undertaken and a dedicated translation service is now in place.

Total

€106,085

2019

€76,646

This contract related to mobile and telephony services where it had been expected that a new competitively tendered agreement would be concluded in 2019. This has since been put in place.

€26,224

This contract related to translation services as noted above. A tender competition was undertaken and a contract for this dedicated translation service is now in place.

€310,451

This contract related to electricity services provided in Miesian Plaza. My Department is now signed up under the OGP Framework for the “Supply of electricity to Government Departments and the Security Sector,” such that this area of expenditure is now compliant. This is a shared tenancy expense of which the proportion charged to my Department was €182,731. My Department recouped €88,696 from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and €39,024 from the Department of Finance / Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Total

€413,321

2020

In respect of 2020, this information is currently being collated as part of the annual audit of the Department’s Appropriation Account and is not yet available.

2021

In respect of 2021, this information will not be available until after the annual audit of the Department’s 2021 Appropriation Account.

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