29 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The semi-state company EirGrid that runs the electricity grid on both sides of the border has revealed how it spent over €143 million in procuring goods, works and professional services in the past two years. The relevant figures for the first and third quarters of 2016 show that the company spent over €29 million on procurement.

The details that appeared on the EirGrid website give total amounts for each quarter and break the figure down into six or seven different categories. Travel and expenses are revealed as amounting to over €400,000 for 2017 and 2018 combined.

EirGrid were previously asked under freedom of information legislation to provide details of any expenses submitted by two senior executives Rosemary Steen and Doireann Barry for their visit to Australia in November 2017 to attend the International Rules series; details of the cost of their air fares and any subsistence claimed by them. In response the company said air fares and accommodation for the visit were paid for by the GAA. The two attendees claimed a total of €660.37 expenses that covered subsistence and other travelrelated costs.

EirGrid refused to state how much it paid to the voluntary sporting organisation for the sponsorship of the International Rules series. Nor has it disclosed how much it spends on sponsoring the Under-20 football series or the cost of product placement (scoreboard updates) and advertising on RTÉ.

The other categories listed are: Admin(istration) and other; Employee and staff; External relations; Facilities; Information Technology and Communications; and Professional Fees. Most of the procurement is in the field of IT and communications, a total of €59.1 million over a two-year procurement period. The other main expenditure by the company is for professional fees to the likes of lawyers, insurance….

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