Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Garda Oversight and Accountability: Discussion

9:00 am

Mr. Joseph Nugent:

I have a general comment that may be helpful. The organisation is very well aware that we have been excessively dependent on a single provider. Aside from the issues even of procurement and expenditure, which are very legitimate concerns, the over-reliance on a single provider is not good for an organisation relying on ICT services. It is certainly my desire and that of the organisation to broaden the process and bring in different voices, thoughts and ideas. It has been the case through procurements that we have run over the course of the year. I am not saying it is the case that one provider should not have complete access but being overly reliant on one provider is not good. It is our intention by bringing in this expert to assist us in procurement to ensure we have the best opportunity to bring in different companies to the organisation as a whole.