Almost two-thirds of Irish companies have not tendered for public contracts in the last three years, according to research by the Small Firms Association.
The survey found that most companies think the emphasis on price rather than value makes it not worth their while to apply for contracts.
The Small Firm's Association wants an immediate overhaul of public procurement procedures to make it easier for Irish companies to win valuable contracts. It's been an issue of contention in Donegal for some time that local companies are not getting contracts, and the work is instead going to companies across the border.
SFA Director Patricia Callan says government policy in this area is at odds with the agenda of job creation..........