The shadowy world of government tenders
THE National Procurement Service is not a name that trips lightly off the tongue but it, and a sister organisation with an even longer name, may have done a great service in lifting the lid on the obscure world of government tenders.
There have long been grounds for suspicion as to how public contracts are awarded in Ireland. It is beyond dispute that hundreds of millions were wasted during the bubble.
In a submission to the EU, the two agencies offer some explanation as to why. They claim that certain building firms submit abnormally low tenders to win major public contracts and pushed up the price in an "abusive" way afterwards.