Irish Public Procurement: The Government keeps information on most contract awards secret, a legacy of the Victorian public service system, that protects the well-connected and is in breach of EU law.
Research on public procurement activity last year shows that tenders amounting to €12bn were published and awarded by public sector bodies and of 7,5000, only information on one in five awards was published.
TenderScout, an online platform, says that only 10% of SMEs actually participate in the tender process.
A quarter of all tenders were in five categories: construction; ICT/technology; training and education; consultancy; and recreational, cultural or sporting services.
The HSE offered almost 200 tenders last year, followed by the Office of Public Works (OPW), Cork County Council, Dublin City Council and Bord Gais Éireann which had more than 100 tenders.
The companies which won the most tenders were
Eircom, UPS, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Big 4 accounting firm), RPS (development
consultants), Roadstone and Deloitte (Big 4 accounting firm).
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