Defence Forces to spend €150k a year on bread
NAPOLEON said 'an army marches on its stomach' but feeding so many mouths is proving a costly exercise for the Defence Forces.
In fact, around €150,000 is forked out every year on bread alone, the Irish Independent has learned.
The figure was revealed in a procurement tender published earlier this month on behalf of the Defence Forces who are advertising for a three-year service agreement for the provision of bread and 'bread products'.
The contract will last for two years, with an option to extend the deal for a further year.
"The estimated value of the contract is circa €450,000 over three years," it says.
A Defence Forces spokesman confirmed the contract on offer was similar to previous ones entered into with bread suppliers – meaning some €150,000 is spent on bread for the Irish troops stationed at home every year.
The winning firm will provide bread to 17 barracks and Defence Forces locations around the country and must meet the requirements of the Minster for Defence, currently Taoiseach Enda Kenny.