first_imgThe issue of inconsistency in the employment of contractors by prequalification or shortlisting for state contracts has been raised in the Dáil. Pat the Cope Gallagher elevated the issue on Friday saying contractors based in Donegal were ‘being denied the right to even tender for a contract’.He said: “What I am requesting is a level playing field for Donegal contractors and firms, at present on many occasions due to different pre-selection criteria they are excluded on the basis of lower than required annual turnover. “Many of the criteria listed as required for pre-selection do not take into account the construction activity within the county.“The failure to take into account the relevant activity of the county is causing a severe disadvantage for Donegal firms,” he added,” Gallagher added.“These same firms’ employ local people in their companies and have the potential to create even greater employment within the county.“What I am asking for from the Government is for them to immediately put in place a policy which would be procedurally consistency right across the board,” he said. “That focuses on the contractors’ ability to deliver the contract, previous workmanship and ability to deliver the contract rather than on sky-high annual turnovers which bear no connection to the other criteria I listed.In creating equality of access for all contractors across the country, firms and contractors in Donegal will get a fair and equal opportunity to access state contracts and by extension of that a better opportunity to sustain and expand their companies and further create more employment within our county.”‘Donegal contractors at severe disadvantage over state contracts’ – Pat the Cope was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img