Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Food and Horticulture, Jackie Cahill has said that as the controversy over issues at the Garda Training College in Templemore rages on, we need to be careful to ensure that there is no collateral damage to suppliers who have contracts with the College.

“I have been contacted by many local food suppliers who have long standing contracts with the college who have been informed that potential changes in procurement policy may see them losing out to larger suppliers who aren’t from the county.

“No one disputes the need to get to the bottom of the issues at the college, but local suppliers shouldn’t be allowed to get caught in the cross fire that could see them lose out.

“All of these suppliers employ local people. These are jobs that are hard to come by in counties such as Tipperary, and anything that jeopardises these jobs should be opposed.

“Some of these suppliers have been supplying goods to the College since its foundation. This contract forms a major part of their business, and more importantly, their revenue.

“The shock of losing such a long standing contract could have a devastating impact on the viability of the companies. This cannot be allowed to happen.

“When the College opened in the 1960s, a commitment to working with the local community was given. I will be fighting to ensure that this promise is kept,” concluded Cahill.