Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (518, 519, 520, 521)

James Lawless

Ceist:

518. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the terms of the contract for the Garda footwear tender have changed from an open procedure to a single framework agreement. [35284/19]

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James Lawless

Ceist:

519. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason no suitable tender was selected for the Garda footwear tender; and if all applicants failed to satisfy the minimum and-or maximum qualifying threshold marks as set out under the award criteria tables. [35285/19]

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James Lawless

Ceist:

520. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason invitations for the Garda footwear tender now come from his office and not from An Garda Síochána directly. [35286/19]

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James Lawless

Ceist:

521. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the invitation for tenders for Garda footwear does not refer to new technologies available which improve safety in footwear; and the reason these are not requirements. [35287/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 518 to 521, inclusive, together.

The Garda Commissioner has responsibility for managing the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Decisions in relation to the provision, allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources are also matters for Garda Commissioner. As Minister, I have no role in those matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the tender process referred to by the Deputy is being managed by the Office of Government Procurement and has not yet closed.  As the Deputy will appreciate, so as not to compromise the process, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on what is a live procurement process.