Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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142. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the current position regarding the purchase of a new Government jet; and if he expects a tender process for same will commence before end of 2024. [28943/24]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The competitive process for the purposes of delivering a replacement aircraft for the Ministerial Air Transport Service is well advanced with the restricted Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) stage complete and a number of aircraft manufacturers having passed to the Invitation To Tender stage, which is ongoing at present.

A Civil Military Project Team comprising Officials from my Department and the Air Corps has been actively working on the delivery of this project and they are being supported by an external aviation expert Altea, with legal support being provided by the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. The Project Team will evaluate the tender documents and will make recommendations for approval once the various stages of the procurement process have been completed.

As this competition is being conducted on a restricted basis with a procedure for negotiation under the Defence and Security Directive 81/2009/EC it is not appropriate at this stage of the competition to release information concerning the number of participants who have been selected to proceed to the next stage of the competition or to specify the exact timelines as to when that process will be complete. However, the intention is that the acquisition phase will be complete and an award of contract will be made this year.


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