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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Contracts Data

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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114. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the contracts his Department and agencies under his remit are engaged in for the provision of security services; the name of each contractor; the procurement process involved; the duration of each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30243/19]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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For the provision of security services, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently in contract with Manguard Plus Limited, General Secure Logistics Service (GSLS) and Information Security Assurance Services Ltd. The details sought in relation to these particular contracts are set out in the following table.

CompanyServiceContract Start DateDurationProcurement Process
Information Security Assurance Services Ltd. On-site ICT Security Advisory Service8 August 20174 yearsEU Level – Advertised in the Official Journal of the EU
Manguard Plus Ltd.On-site Security Guarding (Dublin, Limerick, Cork)1 August 20171 year (extended once)Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform Multi Supplier Framework
General Secure Logistics Service (formerly Traenors)Secure transport of cash9 September 20141 year (extended annually)Selected following a competitive tender

At both EU and national levels, public procurement is governed by a comprehensive regulatory and policy framework. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade adheres to the principle of competitive tendering in respect of its contracting for services, supplies and works. The applicable law and guidance is set out in the Public Sector Procurement Regulations published in 2016 under S.I. 284 of 2016, which implemented the European Directive (2014/18/EC) as well as the Circulars and Guidelines issued by Government. Implementation of these policies and principles ensures the Department gets best value for money and ensures that in general a competitive process is carried out in an open, objective and transparent manner. The Department is also required to use central Government frameworks when available.

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