Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites

9:30 am

Mr. Mark Griffin:

There was. When we looked at the 2019 accounts, we found that a number of contracts were non-compliant. The vast majority of those related to the NBP and the National Digital Research Centre, NDRC, both in number and value. The reason for that is we could not change horses on the NBP when we were at the point of appointing a contractor. That was the primary reason there. On the NDRC, we were at the end of a concession agreement and were in a procurement process to appoint a new concessionaire but that took a little longer than expected. There was a need to fund, non-competitively, an additional chunk of money to go into the NDRC to deal with that, but looking at 2020-----