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Department Of Agriculture Spends Millions On IT Services

Published on Jul 15 2014 6:50 AM in Fresh Produce

Department Of Agriculture Spends Millions On IT Services

Figures revealed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has revealed that spending by the Department on IT services ran into the millions over the past year.

Between 1 June 2013 and 31 May 2014, the Department spent a total of €2.44 million with Version 1, as well as €2.06 million with System Dynamics, €1.32 million with The Icon Group, €1.03 million with Vantage Resources, €596k with IT Alliance Outsourcing, €551k with Janix Ltd and €420k with SMDT Ltd; all providers of IT services.

The figures also reveal that the Department spent €1.35 million with management consulting firm Accenture and €605k with Deloitte.

A total of €592k was spent on the Teagasc Food Research Centre, in Ashtown, Dublin, while €222k was spent with Identigen Ltd, provider of DNA-based food traceability services.

The figures were revealed following a question from Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald TD, who requested a list of all professional fees by the Department, "including but not limited to legal, consultancy, IT-related, advisory, advertising and accountancy" over the period in question.

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