All government departments and offices, including Revenue, are regulated by national guidelines and a range of European Union (EU) directives in relation to procurement of products and services.

In Ireland, these directives have been transposed directly into national law. The procedures in the directives apply to all procurements above defined thresholds.

The procurement procedures are founded on:

  • principles of openness to all offerings
  • non-discriminatory award procedures
  • and
  • transparency and fairness in dealings with respondents.

For example, any information given to one respondent will be given to all those who received the tender documents.

The directives may be viewed on the European Union procurement site - SIMAP.

Public Procurement Guidelines are published by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).

A further European website which may be of interest is the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) that displays all European tender opportunities.

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