Procurement is the acquisition, whether under formal contract or not, of works, supplies and services by public bodies. It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal tendering and contracts for large infrastructural projects.
One of the key principles of public procurement is transparency. Here at Kildare County Council we aim to ensure high standards of openness, transparency and compliance with all relevant public procurement Directives and Legislations in all our Procurement work. This is reiterated through the publication of information on all purchase orders with a value greater than €20,000 on a quarterly basis; this information is available under the Finance Section.
The main objectives of the Procurement Function in Kildare County Council are:
To ensure the Council complies with all European and national legislation, Departmental circulars and local policies and procedures
To support service delivery by the Council and to fulfil the strategic objectives in the Council’s Corporate Plan
To achieve value for money for the Council
To facilitate economic, social and environment objectives through social and green procurement and by engaging with businesses and suppliers
Kildare County Council utilises many of the frameworks and contracts put in place by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). We also issue tenders and quotation requests in accordance with the business needs. Tender opportunities are published and available on eTenders www.eTenders.gov.ie and on Supplygov www.supplygov.ie.