I propose to take Questions Nos. 2326 to 2328, inclusive, and 2511 together.
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority. Decisions on whether to undertake works directly or to contract out works are also a matter for each local authority.
Where a contract is being awarded for works, each local authority, as a public authority, is required to adhere to national and EU rules regarding public procurement. The ‘Public Procurement Guidelines - Competitive Process' produced by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), sets out the steps to be followed in conducting an appropriate competitive process relating to supplies and services. The latest version of the guidelines can be found on the e-Tenders website www.etenders.gov.ie.
As regards guidance, contracts and other documentation which forms part of the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF), these are available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform website, www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie.
Any specific queries a contractor might have regarding the nature and type of works being undertaken or the form of contract proposed should be directed to the relevant local authority.
In relation to the Deputy’s queries in relation to national roads, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and maintenance of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.