Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 11 - Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform
Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances
Vote 39 - Office of Government Procurement
Vote 43 - Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
2022 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 5: Vote Accounting and Budget Management

9:30 am

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Yes. Leading into the winter and the more frequent occurrence of weather events, it is really important that people are best informed as to how these schemes will progress.

In the time remaining to me, I want to ask about public works contracts. I have engaged with many engineering companies in the sector that have concerns around the current state of public works contracts, with many describing them as not fit for purpose. I refer to local contracts. Concerns have been expressed by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Construction Industry Federation around the specific steps the Office of Government Procurement, OGP, is taking to address flaws and limitations. Can Mr. Moloney provide detail on how the OGP is going to update its current public contract? Many companies cannot tender for the contracts because they are just not fit for purpose. Is any reform happening in this area?