Friday 23 March 2018

Refurbishment of Mountjoy Prison to go ahead

Mountjoy Prison, Dublin
Mountjoy Prison, Dublin

The €4m planned refurbishment of a wing at Dublin's Mountjoy Prison, to include in-cell sanitation, can go ahead following the settlement of a legal dispute.

Glenbeigh Construction Limited, with registered offices at Damastown Industrial Park, Dublin, was among a number of companies that unsuccessfully tendered for the contract, and it earlier this month initiated proceedings against the Minister for Justice arising from the conduct of the tender process.

The contract was awarded last January to John Sisk & Son Ltd.

In court documents, it was stated the Irish Prison Service was anxious to conclude the contract and to see the refurbishment works proceed as soon as possible.

Eileen Barrington SC, for the Minister, told Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday the matter had settled and the case could be struck out. The contract was Sisk's, counsel added.

Glenbeigh was among a number of companies that tendered unsuccessfully for the contract for refurbishment of the prison's D Wing, including full refurbishment of all cells and installation of in-cell sanitation.

Among a series of claims, the company alleged failure to comply with the requirements of public procurement law, particularly the EC Public Contracts Directive of 2004.

It also alleged the Minister had failed to provide adequate reasons for the contract award decision, the tender process lacked transparency and Glenbeigh's tender was not properly evaluated.

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