State body seeks personal shopper ... paid for by you
ENTERPRISE IRELAND is to use taxpayers' hard-earned cash to pay for a personal shopper, the Herald can reveal.
The State body caused outrage after it emerged it is seeking a "service provider" to shop for "suitable corporate gifts".
New tender documents show that the organisation is to use our cash to purchase items such as crystal goods, pens, flags and umbrellas.
And it is willing to pay a service provider to effectively operate as its personal shopper.
The documents state it is seeking tenders from "suitably qualified and experienced service providers to source and fulfil Enterprise Ireland's requirement for corporate gift items".
It adds: "These requirements are mainly for a regular supply of products such as pens, delegate bags, umbrellas, internal and external flags etc... for use at various events arranged by Enterprise Ireland e.g. trade missions."
However, anyone hoping to fit the bill for the contract will have to shop for "special" gifts from time to time, such crystal goods and cufflinks.
The contract lasts for two years but may be extended, according to the body.
The documents state that supplier will "co-ordinate the supply and deliver of the ordered products" to offices both in Ireland and overseas.
And they add that the successful applicant "will endeavour to source "green" products where possible".
There is no monetary figure put on the contract, as the supplier is expected to invoice Enterprise Ireland on a monthly basis.
A total of 10,000 pens are being sought by Enterprise Ireland, while the organisation wants its shopper to locate 90 Irish, American and Chinese flags.
And for its more important occasions, it is using taxpayers' funds to buy cufflinks and crystal tumblers.
The contract was slammed by Independent TD Finian McGrath, who labelled it as a "joke".
"The times of buying corporate gifts are long over," he added.
An Enterprise Ireland spokesperson said: "Included in the tender is the requirement for occasional corporate gift items such as Irish crystal, Irish silverware, gift pens etc.
"Such items are given as goodwill gestures during trade missions and to event speakers."