Minister Howlin welcomes High Court decision to refuse an application for an injunction over the awarding of a contract for the Grangegorman DIT campus

Issued 2 December 2015

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D., today (1 December 2015) welcomed the High Court decision to refuse an application for an injunction against the awarding of a multi-million euro contract for the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman.

 In May of this year Minister Howlin made a number of changes to the Remedies Regulations to give the High Court jurisdiction to lift an “automatic suspension” should it see fit to do so.

The Remedies Regulations allow tenderers or candidates who feel that a public procurement process was not carried out in an open, fair and transparent manner the option of seeking recourse from the courts.

Welcoming today’s judgment, Minister Howlin said:

 “This decision will allow for the Department of Education and Skills to recommence this project. DIT is currently one of the largest providers of higher education in the State. When completed the Grangegorman education facility will accommodate approximately 11,000 students and staff, consolidating half of DIT into a single site. This will derive significant efficiencies for a key third-level institution, which constitutes some 10% of all third-level education places in Ireland”.