Public Procurement can be defined as 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 placing contracts for large infrastructural projects by a wide and diverse range of contracting authorities.

“Procurement” is the process of acquiring goods, services and works, whether from third parties or in-house providers.  The process spans the cycle from the original needs identification, through to the end of a services contract or the end of an asset useful life. Local Authorities also have to be mindful of choosing solutions that reduce impact on the environment throughout their life-cycle.

EU and Irish public procurement rules govern the purchases by public bodies of works and works related activities, goods and services.


When purchasing goods and supplies under €25,000 and works under €50,000 which are not included on a national or sector framework, Laois County Council will seek a minimum of three quotations.  If the category is listed as an RFQ on this will be used instead of getting three written quotations.  Companies should ensure that they are registered with Kerry County Council  as a supplier under the relevant category.


Laois County Council utilities the following frameworks put in place by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre – Kerry County Council

Ready mix concrete ( supply)

Road marking Services

Road making materials (supply only)

Road making materials (supply and placement)

Footpath, road restoration and ancillary works (<€50,000)

Plant Hire


These are accessed on website under RFT’s.

National Public Procurement

In  accordance with Government policy, all contracts above €25,000 for goods and services and above €50,000 for works must be advertised as part of a formal tendering process.

  • Tenders for Supplies and Services with values between €25,000 – €207,000 (excluding VAT) and for Works contracts with values between €50,000 (including VAT) – €5,186,000 (excluding VAT) are advertised on
  • Tenders for Supplies and Services with values over €207,000 (excluding VAT) and for Works contracts with values over €5,186,000 (excluding VAT) are advertised on and also in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU/TED

Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

The OGP commenced operations in 2014 and will, together with four key sectors (Health, Defence, Education and Local Government), take responsibility for sourcing all goods and services on behalf of the Public Service. In addition, the OGP will also take full responsibility for procurement policy and procedures. The OGP have a number of National and Sector Frameworks in place for the purchases of goods and services and where such a framework is in place Laois County Council will use same.

Public Spend Code Compliance

The Public Spending Code is a set of rules and procedures that seek to ensure that standards are maintained in the correct treatment of public funds and to ensure that best value for money is obtained at all times where public money is being spent or invested.

Procurements in excess of €10m

There were no procurements (by Laois County Council) in excess of €10 million in 2016

There were no procurements (by Laois County Council) in excess of €10 million in 2015

There were no procurements (by Laois County Council) in excess of €10 million in 2014