259. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of the contract awarded for the supply of the new Irish residence permit card; the name of the contract; the company it was awarded to; the date awarded; the length and cost of the contract; and if the contract was tendered. [5708/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that an open tender procedure has been held for the supply of the Irish Residence Permit cards.  A request for Tenders for the Supply of Polycarbonate Cards for the Irish EU Common Format Residence Permits dated 07 June 2017 was published on and the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
The contract award process is expected to be concluded in the coming weeks. Following the conclusion of the award, a Contract Award Notice (CAN) will be published on the OJEU. The CAN will contain the name of the company the contract was awarded to, the date it was awarded and the value of the contract.
The contract will be issued for a term of two years with an option to extend for a period or periods of up to 12 months with two such extensions.