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Thread: Minister Dempsey "refused to discuss way of cutting €500m rescue contract"

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    Default Minister Dempsey "refused to discuss way of cutting €500m rescue contract"

    Minister refused to discuss way of cutting €500m rescue contract - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

    TRANSPORT Minister Noel Dempsey refused to meet a former head of the Air Corps to discuss a cheaper alternative to a €500m national maritime search and rescue contract with a private outfit.

    Confidential correspondence seen by the Irish Independent reveals Brigadier General John O'Brien advised Mr Dempsey that the Air Corps could provide the same service for "significantly less" than the Government planned to pay a Canadian firm, CHC Helicopter.

    Brig Gen O'Brien estimates tens of millions of euro could have been saved if all or part of the contract had gone to the Air Corps.

    His intervention came in May, two months before the award of the contract to CHC would eventually be announced.

    However, Mr Dempsey refused to discuss the proposal with Brig Gen O'Brien and the Air Corps was never asked to tender for the contract.
    Is it beneath Mr Dempsey to save this state some cash?

    "Let them have cake!"

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    He (Noel Dempsey), on behalf of the taxpayer, has agreed a €23million-per-year increase on the earlier contract.

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    Was there not a tendering for this ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFunkyBoogaloo View Post
    Is it beneath Mr Dempsey to save this state some cash?

    "Let them have cake!"
    When he has it he spends it.

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    Down with this sort of thing.

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    Another "e-voting machinery" type thing you mean?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonic View Post
    Down with this sort of thing.
    What? No defence? Run out of steam or excuses?

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    CHC gets about 150 callouts per year from its' Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and Waterford bases. Yet in the states' perilous financial position Minister Dempsey refused to enter discussions to save the state money. Instead he increased it. ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFunkyBoogaloo View Post
    He (Noel Dempsey), on behalf of the taxpayer, has agreed a €23million-per-year increase on the earlier contract.
    yep, and the reason for that is because they are upgrading from 1960s helicopters to brand new helicopters.

    There are many positive aspects to the new CHC contract, not least because they will be providing an integrated SAR service to the entire British Isles, with the training base at RAF Valley in Anglesey.


    But that does not take away from the need to explain why Dempsey did not even look at other alternatives. The Brits made sure CHC integrated with the RAF's SAR training capability, whereas there is not, as far as I am aware, any integration between the Air Corps and CHC at this end.

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    Minister Dempsey was 100% correct not to allow anyone to interfere with an EU public procurement competition.

    Furthermore, the Air Corps is a component of the Defence Forces and the Minister for Defence is responsible for Defence policy - if the Minister, advised by his officials and the General Staff, had felt that it was practical for the Department to have tendered for the contract, then no doubt he would have done so.
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