Serious questions raised about Eircode in C&AG report – Colreavy
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report raises serious questions about the Eircode project.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“The report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on public accounts for 2014 has verified many of the criticisms that have been levied against the Eircode project.
“The C&AG raised the fact that the cost of the project has changed dramatically since its conception. In 2009, the estimated cost of the project was €18million.
“Based on a review of costs to date and the outstanding obligations on current contracts, the cost is projected to be around €38million.
“The costs submitted by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources did not reflect the actual cost of the project.
“Due to a serious understatement of the cost of the project, there was a failure to provide a proper analysis of Eircode as a whole and its worth as a postcode system. The C&AG also raise serious questions regarding the procurement process surrounding Eircode.
“The report recognises that there were legitimate EU concerns with the qualifying criteria in the licence holder tender, something that the Minister and the Department continuously denied. What is also very worrying is that there was a pattern of non-competitive tenders for consultants engaged on the project.
“These issues have all been raised by Sinn Féin previously, yet they were not taken seriously by the Minister. I have written to the Transport and Communications Committee asking for this report to be addressed as a matter of priority.
“It is not acceptable to for the government to introduce a project that clearly fails on a number of grounds.”