Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Contracts

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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225. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number and value all procurement contracts that took place by way of negotiated procedure without prior publication in 2020 and to date in 2021; and the date, value and purpose of each negotiated procedure contract in tabular form. [49730/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department ensures that there is an appropriate focus on good practice in procurement and that competitive procedures are in place to ensure compliance with all relevant procurement guidelines. Procurement takes place in compliance with European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016 and supported by procurement guidelines published by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).

In accordance with Regulation 32, the Department may use the compliant Negotiated Procedure without Prior Publication procurement procedure in a limited number of defined circumstances where necessary.

The Department has invoked the derogation under Regulation 32 for 21 contracts totaling €9,662,282 in 2020 and 13 contracts totaling €2,930,333 in 2021 in circumstances where no tenders or no suitable tender were submitted in response to a tender procedure; in cases of extreme urgency brought about by unforeseen circumstances; direct award due to artistic reasons or the protection of intellectual property rights; for additional services and goods necessary for contract delivery and for a service contract following a design contest organised in accordance with the EU Procurement Directive.

The details of these contracts are shown in the tables below.

Table 1. 2020

DATE OF AGREEMENT VALUE in € (EURO) Inc. VAT PURPOSE OF THE NEGOTIATED PROCEDURE CONTRACT
01 January 2020 297,504 Specific expertise in relation to the DFA Financial Management Systems. Annual support, maintenance, licencing & system development.
01 January 2020 49,119 Support and maintenance contract for the Cabhair system required for global consular support
01 January 2020 654,521 Level Three ICT Technical Support
01 January 2020 724,632 ICT Helpdesk Support
05 February 2020 2,570 Property Management Purchase of 6 paintings
12 February 2020 3,570 Property Management Purchase of 6 prints for missions
25 March 2020 111,063 Extension of DHL contract for diplomatic mail service pending completion of procurement process for new contract
01 June 2020 35,870 Employment Conditions Abroad (ECA) provide data, information and advice in relation to cost living indices and other expenses associated with living abroad
13 August 2020 2,388,794 Contract negotiated following a Published European Union design competition (Total contract value up to 2024)
01 September 2020 1,500 Temporary Contract Extension for the Civil Society Fund Evaluation Panel
01 September 2020 3,250 Temporary Contract Extension for the Civil Society Fund Evaluation Panel
01 September 2020 1,770 Temporary Contract Extension for the Civil Society Fund Evaluation Panel
01 September 2020 1,573 Temporary Contract Extension for the Civil Society Fund Evaluation Panel
01 September 2020 2,200 Temporary Contract Extension for the Civil Society Fund Evaluation Panel
01 September 2020 48,400 Heads of Mission virtual conference facility and associated technical services
01 September 2020 7,260 Moderator Services for Heads of Mission virtual conference
23 September 2020 842,160 Supply Of Laptops for Local Staff in Embassies Abroad
14 October 2020 2,420 Property Management Purchase of painting
11 November 2020 855 Property Management Purchase of 4 prints for mission
21 November 2020 25,116 Support & Maintenance Services for DFA Websites
07 December 2020 4,458,135 Supply the Irish Passport book and card. This contract was extended for 3 years in 2020 to allow it to be renewed to support propriety printing machines.

Table 2. 2021

DATE OF AGREEMENT VALUE in € (EURO) Inc. VAT PURPOSE OF THE NEGOTIATED PROCEDURE CONTRACT
01 January 2021 20,494 Specific expertise in relation to the DFA Financial Management Systems. Annual support, maintenance, licencing & system development.
01 January 2021 70,580 Support and maintenance contract for the Cabhair system required for global consular support
01 January 2021 421,900 Level Three ICT Technical Support
01 January 2021 487,192 ICT Helpdesk Support
13 January 2021 7,749 Extension to a contract for services to the Ireland Fellows Programme.
20 January 2021 2,389 Commissioned painting Chicago
27 January 2021 28,500 John Hume bust and 3 replicas
29 January 2021 13,192 Commissioned painting Washington
20 April 2021 2,507 Commissioned painting Washington
14 May 2021 34,547 Property Management Purchase of Edna O’Brien portrait
01 June 2021 35,870 Employment Conditions Abroad (ECA) provide data, information and advice in relation to cost living indices and other expenses associated with living abroad
01 September 2021 1,682,398 Ongoing support for the passport operating propriety system. It is essential in ensuring the continuity of the system through support and maintenance partner with the necessary specialised skills remains in place to manage the passport operating system and associated infrastructures.
01 September 2021 123,015 Telephonist Contract to supply first contact points for the main Department phone lines

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