Tuesday 21 November 2017

CIE applied rules for procurement

Madam – A number of years ago, Shane Ross was critical of us for procurement weaknesses, which we had identified and have worked to address. But now, his rant against us is for following EU and Irish procurement laws in the award of a contract for the Operation and Maintenance of on-track machines! While such hypocrisy is hardly surprising from a former Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide cheerleader, who has rebranded himself as a lifelong critic of casino banking, it remains breathtaking to see it in action.

The most recent invitation to tender for the on-track machinery operation and maintenance contract was advertised internationally, as is best practice. Two potential suppliers expressed interest and both met the pre-qualifying criteria. One subsequently withdrew after a member of the consortium bidding pulled out.

In negotiating a contract with the remaining bidder – Balfour Beatty – Iarnrod Eireann verified that savings would be generated over the current contract which covers more limited activity, and over the operation and maintenance of the machinery in-house.

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