The NCA are being merged with another Quango, yet are tendering for a PR contract..
the current contract, to a FF company, was not awarded on a best price basis. Not that the winning tender could have known this,of course.The National Consumer Agency (NCA) is tendering for a new PR contract even though it will be amalgamated with the Competition Authority, which retains in-house staff to deal with media questions, by the end of the year.
Some €550,000 has already been spent by the NCA on PR since 2007. Willie Penrose, Labour's enterprise spokesman, branded the decision to tender for a new contract "mind-boggling".
Since 2005, the quango has retained the services of Q4, a PR firm set up by Martin Mackin, a former Fianna Fail general secretary, and Jackie Gallagher, a former adviser to Bertie Ahern.
The tender document says the quango requires "specialist public relations support" in order to "assist it in the execution of its statutory functions in the area of consumer information, education, awareness and consumer law enforcement".
It also says the winning firm should be able to advise the NCA on "positive outcomes on core consumer issues" and "using expert knowledge of the external media . . . deliver proactive media campaigns".
The 12-month contract would not be awarded on a lowest price basis as cost concerns only made up 30pc of award criteria.
'Mind-boggling' PR spend plan by state agency - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie