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
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).
Many of these companies have had considerable success in tendering down the
years with RPS securing more than 100 contracts since 2003. Over the same
period, Deloitte won 90 tenders and Eircom 80, the research reveals.
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