PAC Meeting, Nov 5 2015
Deputy John Deasy: With regard to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Office of Government Procurement, the committee had suggested - or maybe I did not - that when the representatives from the Office of Government Procurement appear at the committee we should deal with the tendering arrangements for the Aran Islands air service, the construction of the contract and the tenders within the office.
The committee should make it absolutely clear that those issues are on the agenda for that meeting. The witnesses will have to outline to the committee how the tender document was constructed and how it is being dealt with now, including the differences due to the fact that the contract is being incorporated into the new tender arrangement.
They will have to explain to the committee how they could get something so horribly wrong, such as its failure to check whether one of the tenderers had a licence to land and take off. Actually, it was the company that was eventually awarded the contract, and it was the preferred bidder in that case.
That was a failing by the Office of Government Procurement which it will have to explain to this committee.
Chairman [John McGuinness TD]: That is fine. We will ask the Clerk to flag that to the office so that its representatives are absolutely clear about what is expected when they come here.