Irish helicoptor Procurement cock - up

Discussion in 'Ireland (ie. Irish Defence Force)' started by wager, Nov 14, 2009.

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  1. From the Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1113/1224258725963.html
     
  2. Hmm, I wonder if the Irish Government asked the UK MoD for help - hence the expensive Helicopter saga? :wink: :crazy:
     
  3. The long and the short of it is that the DF were trying to get things up are running ASAP as the troops were needed urgently. Helicopters were vital and an officer who wasn't authorised to do so signed a contract!
     
  4. I don't know if it was even that the person who signed the contract was unauthorised to do so. I think he simply didn't think to check if some bizarre European rule prohibited the use of a military-configured helicopter for the transport of troops. (The problem was that the seats in the helos faced sideways, which is apparently a no-no for passenger transport in the EU)

    NTM
     
  5. The officer who signed the contract had no authority to do so.

    They were civilian helicopters on the civil register so had to comply with EU flying regulations (unlike a military one on the military register).

    Also EU procurement rules were broken as well.

    Comptrollers report - http://www.audgen.gov.ie/documents/annualreports/2008/Annual_Report_2008Rev_En.pdf (from page 284)