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445. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to if a complaint received at the time that the cost of the Limerick consultants tender was abnormally low; and if this has been proved correct. [1299/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed that, in advance of the contract in question being awarded, a request for review of the recommendation of the Irish Prison Service’s (IPS) Tender Evaluation Board was made to my Department as the Sanctioning Authority by an unsuccessful Tenderer.
The review request was dealt with in accordance with the procedures set out in section 9.4 of the Instructions to Tenderers. An independent peer review was carried out by a senior official in my Department.
I can confirm that the independent review concluded that the award of the contract, as recommended by the IPS Tender Evaluation Board, was entirely appropriate and that the issue was considered in a robust, timely and proportionate manner by the Evaluation Board.