Revealed: Dublin City Council spent millions in breach of procurement rules

Authority hired additional consultants, engineers and architects on key projects, leaving it exposed to increased costs

Annual expenditure on the Clontarf to Amiens Street cycleway, which is due for completion in March, rose from €800,000 to €2 million

Dublin City Council breached procurement rules on a number of key projects last year, spending millions of additional euro on engineering services, architects and consultants.

A recently published audit conducted by the Department of Housing found that a significant number of contracts across all departments at the country’s largest local authority were not compliant with procurement guidelines.

Furthermore, no spending analysis or contracts management system was in place at the council, which the department said ...