Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has said that the chickens have come home to roost following the procurements changes at the Garda College in Templemore with job losses and inferior products being used.
Deputy Cahill was commenting after being contacted by a former coffee supplier to the college who lost out in the widely criticised public procurement process over a year ago.
“It has now emerged that the roasted coffee product that replaced his product has been analysed and has been found it to be of inferior quality. Additionally, there are serious labelling issues with no ingredients listed, no statement of origin on it. Worryingly, it was also stated that it was roasted at a coffee roastery in a town in Ireland which doesn’t even exist.
“The loss of 15 jobs as a result of this supplier losing this contract is proof that sometime procurement processes ignore the social impact of their decisions.
“These revelations underscore the concerns I raised when the procurement process started that quality would be diminished and jobs would be lost.
“Replacing locally produced, quality products with inferior products is not a good way of doing business.
“The coffee product in question that was replaced is blended and roasted and packaged by a company here in Tipperary employing Tipperary people. This should have been taken into account during the procurement process.
“I raised this issue with the Minister in the Dáil this week. He has offered to investigate my concerns and come back to me. Longer term, the Government must accept that inferior products that are marginally cheaper than locally produced products do not deliver real value for money to the taxpayer,” concluded Cahill.