The TD has called the Department of Agriculture's tagging tender process illegal.
TD Éamon Ó Cuív has revealed to That’s Farming that the Department of Agriculture’s tagging tender was illegal. The TD’s comments came in light of That’s Farmings article of yesterday regarding the perceived questions around competition law and the granting of a contract approval for the supply of cattle tags to the Irish market by Cormac Tagging.
The Fianna Fail TD told That’s Farming he had been working on the issue whilst spokesperson on Agriculture and had raised questions on it in the Dail.
‘It’s a good few months now since the Department had to admit that the decision of one supplier had no legal basis and it seems since then there has been one delay and difficulty placed before the competition after another and that every effort has been made to make it very difficult to allow a second supplier to get into the market.’
It’s understood that the Department of Agriculture had been operating the tender for the tagging system under no legal basis. Under legal bill SI772009
no stipulation on a tender process was mentioned.
‘The whole process of the tender is illegal,’ the TD told That’s Farming.
That’s Farming understands from sources that this issue has been raised with the Department and was a factor in allowing other companies into entering the tendering process.
When asked if the Department were in breach of competition law regarding it perceived slow down in approving companies such as Cormac Tagging, the TD said; ‘I would believe if a person had the resources they would have a very strong case.’
The lucartive cattle tag contract has been held by one sole supplier for the alst 14 years earning them between 18-20 million euro every three years.
We will have more on this story as it develops.