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We're broke...but €215k going on Dail uniforms

LEINSTER House staff are to receive brand new tailored uniforms in a major purchase by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

The OPW is launching a €215,000 spending spree on the new uniforms, which will last employees for three years.

Civil Servants working in the Dail and Seanad who will receive the new attire include the Captain of the Guard, head and deputy head ushers, ushers and service officers at the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Service officers at the Department of the Taoiseach and the hall porter for the Courts Service will also receive an individually tailored uniform as part of a new clothing contract.

The staff will get a major spruce-up for their front house jobs where they meet and greet the public, as well as TDs and senators.

A spokesperson for the OPW confirmed that male and female employees of varying grades at the departments will receive the uniforms, but he said the exact number which will be purchased is not yet known.

"The numbers [of uniforms supplied] depend upon the number within each grade," he added.

Each uniform will be specifically tailored for every civil servant, and they will arrive individually packaged and labelled.

The last general issue of uniforms took place in autumn 2009, as part of an older contract, and now staff will be provided the made to measure uniforms on a yearly basis.

The civil servants will receive shoes, jackets, trousers, jerseys, ties, caps, socks, tights, belts, gloves, and coats under the new contract.

And while the cost is expected to amount to €215,000, the OPW says it cannot confirm the value of the actual spend until the tender process is complete because the information is commercially sensitive.

"We cannot say how much the cost for these uniforms will be as this will be dependent on the tenders received," he said.