Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (692)

Niall Collins


692. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of State contracts that were not awarded to the lowest tender or bid in each year since 2011 to date in his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department; the reason the lowest tender or bid was not chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8804/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The information requested in respect of the Department is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy in accordance with Standing Orders.

Arrangements have been put in place by each agency under the aegis of the Department to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireachtas. The contact email addresses for each agency are set out as follows:


E-mail address

An Bord Pleanála


Ervia, Gas Networks Ireland


Housing Sustainable Communities Agency


Housing Finance Agency


Irish Water


Local Government Management Agency


Ordnance Survey Ireland


Property Registration Authority


Pyrite Resolution Board


Residential Tenancies Board


Valuation Office


The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
From the records available to me, there was one contract exceeding €500,000 awarded by my Department under competitive tendering processes since 2011, which was not awarded to the lowest tender or bid. In this case the contract was awarded to the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT).
The most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) is the tender which, following assessment of the award criteria, is the most beneficial to the contracting authority and represents value for money. This typically means a combination of price and quality where quality might include factors such as delivery date or period of completion, delivery process, running costs and technical merit. The contracting authority decides the relative weightings in relation to price and quality.
Details of the relevant contract are set out in the following table:


Details of Contracts (over 500k) where lowest tender not chosen

Reason lowest tender not chosen


Micromail - for Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Licensing

Awarded to Most Economically Advantageous Tender