Written Answers - Semi-State Bodies

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 715 No. 1

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  125.  Deputy Phil Hogan  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the justification for a public authority, Iarnród Éireann, to charge prospective tenderers up to €930 per annum through a private company (details supplied) in order to register for receipt of relevant documentation for public tenders; the benefit that the tenderers receive for such a charge; his view on whether such a charge is inconsistent with the stated objective of opening public tenders to the small and medium enterprise sector; if he will ensure that such practices are discontinued immediately in view of the hardship they impose on the SME sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30429/10]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Iarnród Éireann is a commercial state body within the ambit of my colleague the Minister for Transport, with whom I will take up this matter. I am concerned to facilitate SMEs tendering for public sector contracts and this must be balanced against the costs of running the tendering competition. I will contact the Deputy in due course.

Question No. 126 answered with Question No. 108.


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