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Taoiseach’s new Procurement ‘ideas’ no more than regulations his government has failed to implement – Jonathan O’Brien TD

28 February, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin’s deputy spokesperson for Public Expenditure & Reform, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has criticised the Taoiseach for comments he made during the Finance Committee this afternoon regarding procurement policies and the National Children’s Hospital.

Speaking today, the Cork North-Central TD said:

“Today the Taoiseach made comments around procurement policies he would like to see implemented to stop any future overspends in capital projects like that seen at the National Children’s Hospital.

“Among the policies he mentioned was awarding less contracts to the lowest bidder and evaluating past performance of bidders when assessing qualification for bids.

“It must be noted that these are all regulations that the Government and departments should have been implementing since the EU Regulations on public contracts were adopted. Those regulations allow member states to reject contractors on the basis of poor performance on previous contracts and abnormally low tenders that could lead to escalating costs.

“What the Taoiseach is proposing is not new, it simply clarifies that he has not been implementing good practice in procurement. 

“For that reason I will be bringing forward the Regulation of Tenderers Bill that would provide a framework for identifying and then disqualifying abnormally low tenders and badly performing contractors.”

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