26. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Taoiseach if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; and if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015. (Question 35234/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017)

The Taoiseach: My Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office adhere to the procedures set out by the Office of Government Procurement and EU Procurement rules in relation to the procurement of all goods and services.

The standard terms and conditions of tenders conducted by the Office of Government Procurement state that the contractor shall provide the services in accordance with good industry practice and comply with all applicable laws including, but not limited to, all obligations in the field of environmental, social and labour law which would include the legal Employment Regulation Order hourly rate.