Written Answers - Rail Network

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 4
Unrevised

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  220.  Deputy Tom Fleming  Information on Tom Fleming  Zoom on Tom Fleming   asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar   if he will investigate the procurement system by Iarnród Éireann whereby many contractors who are approved by the company for tendering for work on the rail lines are prohibited from quoting for contracts and jobs due to a new policy of only advertising and accepting tenders from contractors who provide the full package of machinery required. [7226/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Procurement procedures in Iarnród Éireann are a matter for the company itself and ultimately for the board of Iarnród Éireann. However, CIÉ companies are required to adhere to national and EU procurement rules and to their own internal procurement policies and procedures. The code of practice for the governance of State bodies also stresses the importance of good practice in procurement and states that procedures must be in place in all State bodies to ensure compliance with procurement policy and guidelines.

I have referred the specific issue raised in the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply. Please inform my private office if there is no reply within ten working days.


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