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Calls for Change to Public Procurement Procedures after Flood

Posted on December 9, 2015

By Barry Roche, The Irish Times

Public procurement procedures for major infrastructural works such as flood relief schemes need to be made more robust and less exposed to legal challenge, according to a spokesperson for a group in Bandon who have been campaigning for six years for a scheme for the town.

Gillian Powell of the Bandon Flood Group said that the provision of the €10 million Bandon Flood Relief Scheme had been delayed for up to two years because of the threat of a legal challenge from a contractor who didn’t make the OPW shortlist to do the work when tenders were received.

“The whole public procurement policy in this country is just skewed – it needs to be revisited and it needs to be made more robust because it’s very open to legal challenges which in our case has cost us the bones of a two year delay,” she said.


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