High Court Rules Government Tender Processes Illegal

James Lawless (right) with John O’Brien from EMC Copiers

A country wide group of small businesses, including Kildare managed Copier Supplier EMS Copiers, have successfully taken legal action against the government for effectively changing the basic terms and conditions of a public tender after it had been agreed.

The group instructed James Wall Solicitors based in Clane to challenge the position adopted by the State. James Wall stated “The case was fully defended at great expense but the High Court agreed with the applicant companies’ position which was that the Minister had no entitlement to interfere with the procedure after it had concluded and as a result rule out the possibility of local businesses doing business with other local businesses. The Court held that any interference was unlawful and therefore ineffective”.

That ruling is binding on the government but the State has not yet taken any positive action to implement the decision.

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Lawless: Clarity Needed over Naas / Newbridge Credit Union Proposals

James Lawless, Naas Area Rep

The concern over the situation at Newbridge credit union has now spread to Naas as news emerges of a possible merger between the two organisations being touted by the Central Bank.

Fianna Fáil’s Naas Area Representative, James Lawless said serious questions have to be asked about Newbridge credit union and the latest development has now caused new concerns amongst the Naas credit union membership.

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Calleary Attacks Government Reforms at Kildare North FF Enterprise Forum

L-R: Carmel Kelly, Cllr. Willie Callaghan, Dara Calleary TD, James Lawless, Áine Brady

L-R: Carmel Kelly, Cllr. Willie Callaghan, Dara Calleary TD, James Lawless, Áine Brady

At a recent Kildare North Fianna Fáil forum in Sallins, party spokesperson for enterprise Dara Calleary TD has hit out at the Government for its pending local government reforms that will seek to abolish County Enterprise Boards.

“With the loss of independent County Enterprise Boards, how can they expect to maintain business and jobs supports in the local economy” said Deputy Calleary. “The Government is removing their autonomy and after the new local government reforms, the County Enterprise Boards will not be able to function and this measure only serves as a setback for the small business community.”

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