Taxpayer foots €385,000 bill for new State uniforms
The taxpayer is set to foot the bill for almost €400,000 on new tailored uniforms for staff at Leinster House and Áras an Uachtaráin.
The cost of the new made-to-measure uniforms for staff members at Leinster House is expected to total €350,000 while the bill for uniforms for staff at Áras an Uachtaráin is expected to cost €35,000, bringing the overall total to €385,000.
The supply contract is for a three-year period with a one-year optional extension, and the successful bidder will have to supply a host of different clothing items in "personal uniform packs" for the staff.
For workers of the Houses of the Oireachtas at Leinster House, the successful firm will have to supply ties for Captains of the Guard and caps, suits, overcoats, socks, belts and trousers for all male head ushers.
The supplier will also have to provide skirts, trousers, scarves, nylon black socks, long-sleeved shirts and coats for female ushers.
All ushers will be provided with gloves and epaulettes - ornamental shoulder pieces on the uniforms.
At Áras an Uachtaráin, the supplier must provide VIP Áras jackets, waistcoats and trousers along with workwear for women while men will be provided with clothing that includes VIP Áras jackets and trousers along with workwear.
Firms that tender for the contract must carry out site visits to view the uniforms currently in use at Leinster House and Áras an Uachtaráin.
As part of the contract, the successful supplier will be required to initially measure all members of staff and, following manufacture of the garments, provide a "try-on" of all uniform garments.
The tender documentation states that "the 'try-on' is to ensure a proper fit of all garments prior to delivery, and the provision of this service is mandatory".
The tender also states that in the measuring exercise, if a member of staff refuses to comply with these requirements the supplier is to note that person's record and to notify the client.
The tender states that no "personal uniform pack" is to be issued to any member of staff who has not complied fully with this requirement.