Thursday, 10 October 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
113. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding stream that OPW used in order to get aspects of Dublin post-Brexit ready; the amount of funding available for the works; if public procurement rules were fully complied with in order to appoint a contractor for the works; the reason that public procurement rules were not followed by the OPW in appointing a contractor for the works at Dublin Port; the amount spent on OPW projects at Dublin Port in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41468/19]
In the lead up to the end of March and mid-April Brexit deadlines, arrangements were finalised to ensure that sufficient infrastructure was in place in Dublin Port to provide an emergency response to a no-deal Brexit. Since then work has continued to further enhance these facilities.
The OPW is to be funded on an agency basis for works related to a no-deal Brexit. The OPW made no payments in 2017 or 2018 on Brexit related activity in Dublin Port. Payments of €9.95 million have been made to date in 2019 on capital works within Dublin Port spread across 7 projects. Funding is to be made available for additional infrastructure for Government Bodies as it is required.
In order to respond to the emergency scenario, the OPW used a contractor with whom an existing, appropriate schedule of costs had been agreed, established through an EU procurement process.