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Ferris questions award of contracts to company with fraud convictions

7 March, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications and Energy Martin Ferris TD has questioned the awarding of hugely lucrative Bord Gáis and Iarnród Éireann contracts to a company which has convictions for fraud in Britain.

Deputy Ferris raised the matter regarding Balfour Beatty during questions with Minister Pat Rabbitte this afternoon. He referred to a 2008 fine of £2.25 million for false accounting imposed by the Serious Fraud Office and a £5.2 million fine in 2009 for corrupt practises in securing contracts.

Deputy Ferris said: “According to Section 3.9 of the Department of Finance guidelines on awarding public contracts a conviction for fraud precludes a company from tendering for or being awarded such a contract. On that basis I really cannot understand how Balfour Beatty has been successful here, apart altogether from their appalling safety and industrial relations record in Britain.

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