The National Museum of Ireland is a ‘contracting authority’, defined under EU Directives as a body governed by public law. As a contracting authority, National Museum of Ireland procurement is governed by the EU public procurement Directive, 2004/18/EC of 31 March 2004, as transposed into Irish law by SI329 of 20 June 2006.
The National Museum of Ireland's Procurement Policy covers all Museum expenditure, with the exception of heritage objects, stock for retail outlets, payroll-related costs and a substantive element of travel and subsistence expenditure. Acquisition of artefacts is covered under a separate acquisition and disposal policy.
The objective of the ‘National Museum of Ireland Procurement Policy’ is to ensure that the Museum complies fully with:
- The EU Procurement Directives and Irish Regulations
- The 2004 Public Procurement Guidelines - Competitive Process, issued by the Department of Finance
- The 2001 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, issued by the Department of Finance
- Best practice procurement generally
In accordance with our internal procedures and the European thresholds, the Museum will advertise its procurement opportunities as follows:
Supplies / Services
- Contract for Services below €25,000 may, from time to time, be advertised on the Museum website, at the bottom of this page
- Between €25,000 and €193,000: eTenders
- Above €193,000: OJEU and eTenders
It is Museum policy to utilise the services of the OPW for all works contracts.