Local Firm Wins Case Against Minister Hayes
A decision taken by the High Court following a hearing sought by a group of firms, including Stakelums Office Supplies in Thurles, has resulted in good news for local jobs, The Tipperary Star can reveal this week, after a ruling that Minister Brian Hayes was acting ultra vires by introducing a mandatory National Procurement Framework.
The Public Enterprise and Reform Minister had been introducing the framework which required all public bodies and services to purchase supplies from centralised contractors, rather than local businesses, over the last number of months and we reported back in April that up to 100 jobs could be lost in Tipperary as a result. The Framework had been put in place by the department in a bid to secure better value for money from leveraging the public service’s buying power in relation to a range of goods and services that are commonly purchased across the public service. These include the likes of stationary, office supplies, energy products, ICT consumables, paper, medical, janitor and cleaning products and services, and motor vehicles to name just a few. And, it meant that local businesses would be robbed of the cash of gilt edge customers, many of whom are supporting the likes of schools and other State bodies.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full story.