Newry Council issue a call for tenders

Emma Taylor Posted by
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A bid to ensure that the council process is both accountable and transparent has led to the  implementation of a Sinn Féin motion which will see Newry & Mourne District Council issue a call for tenders for the delivery of legal services to the council. Sinn Féin Mayor Charlie Casey has explained why  the motion, which was first brought before council in September 2010, has an important impact on the ways in which the council does business.

Mayor Casey stated that, “Sinn Féin Councillors are always trying to identify ways in which council business can be made more open. An equal playing field for all is a central tenet of our party policy and with this in mind we brought the motion that all council services including legal and banking should be subject to an open, clear and transparent tendering process. We included in the motion that any tendered services would be set for no longer than one council term to ensure that all local businesses had the opportunity to bid for council work.”

Councillor Casey continued by outlining the positive reaction to the tendering of banking services which was implemented early this year. “I had many positive comments from people in the business community in relation to these proposals which Sinn Féin brought forward. This is about constantly striving to do better and to provide the best possible service to the ratepayers of the district. A tendering process ensures accountability and transparency and in addition; it ensures that costs are kept as low as possible.”

Sinn Féin council group leader Jimmy McCreesh added, “I have spoken to senior council officials over the past weeks regarding the legal services tenders. We had hoped that this would happen in conjunction with the banking services tenders but this unfortunately has not been the case due to a number of delaying factors. Nevertheless I am assured that the matter is in hand and that local legal firms will soon be notified regarding the tender procedure. In addition, North Down Borough Council and Down District Council are coming on board for the tender process. This is a welcome move since the upcoming reform of local government will see us all working more closely.”

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