Section 2: Current legislative and Regulatory Framework

Procurement [page 15]

“Public procurement in Ireland is governed by EU and National law and National Guidelines. The Office of Government Procurement is committed to ensuring that human rights related matters are reflected in public procurement and embedded in national public procurement policy. The EU Treaty principles of equal treatment and non-discrimination, transparency, mutual recognition, proportionality, free movement of goods and services and the right of establishment must be observed in all tenders.

Most recently, the 2014 EU Directives on Public Procurement, which have been transposed into Irish law contain specific provisions excluding tenderers who are guilty of certain human rights infringements from participation in public procurement.

Extensive general guidance on legal procurement requirements is available to public authorities on the Irish portal for public procurement. (Irish Portal for Public Procurement:

Annex 1 – List of additional and ongoing actions to be carried out across Government

Trade and Investment [page 21]

“14. Under the aegis of the office of Government Procurement, continue to follow good practice on procurement and human rights standards in all Requests for Tenders, in line with EU law.”