24 September 2009 | Allie Anderson
Irish suppliers are being excluded from public contracts, the country's prime minister has said.
Brian Cowen said Irish vendors are being beaten to public contracts by overseas bidders despite being equipped to carry out the contracts and deliver services, the Irish Times reports.
Speaking at the opening of a local automotive manufacturing company's new factory in Tullamore this week, Cowen said domestic suppliers complained to him they were unable to access contracts. He also suggested public buyers were unwilling to take risks on new ideas.
"We have to try to make sure that we put out our tendering processes in such a way that it encourages our people to put in. Many good people out there provide a good service and there is no reason to go elsewhere when there are good products among our people at home."
Cowen also commented on the importance of Irish suppliers trading overseas in boosting the economy. He said: "Sustaining their business is the single biggest issue facing many of our companies. More indigenous enterprises than ever before are regularly exporting to international markets.
"I believe that continued success in accessing and growing our export markets will be a key pillar of our economic growth in the future and in the continued growth of our indigenous companies here in Ireland."