Govt seeks report following garda IT contract concerns

The Government has sought a report from the Garda Commissioner following concerns raised over the management of an ICT contract with global firm Accenture, for which it paid €26.5 million in 2016.

It followed revelations by RTÉ’s This Week programme that the internal auditors in the force had raised a range of concerns over the contract.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Garda Internal Audit Section (GIAS) also said that “no assurance” can be given that procurement rules were being properly followed on major IT contracts in the force.

The report found that elements of an IT contract with the consulting firm Accenture were “not best practice”.

The issue was raised in the Dáil today by Wexford TD Mick Wallace, who asked to know who had signed off on paying the firm this money given the range of issues raised.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Independents4Change TD that it was unacceptable for a public body not to follow proper public procurement procedures if that was the case.

Mr Varadkar said he had discussed the matter with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

“Public bodies should always follow public procurement rules,” he said.

Mick Wallace raised the issue…

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