EU presidency website to cost State €250,000


The Government is to pay nearly €250,000 for the development of a website for Ireland’s presidency of the EU which commences in January.

The Department of the Taoiseach confirmed last night that a website design company, Terminal Four Solutions Ltd had been awarded a contract for professional services in relation to the EU presidency 2013 website.

The cost of the contract was €244,741.71.

Details of contracts worth more than €330,000 in relation to Ireland’s EU presidency were published yesterday by the website, thestory.ieon foot of a Freedom of Information request.

A spokeswoman for the EU presidency/Department of the Taoiseach said last night that the process for awarding the contract for eu2013.iewas “in strict compliance with the correct procurement standards required by Government Departments”.

She added: “The website is the key communications tool for the Irish Presidency of the EU. With over 2,500 pages on the site, eu2013.iewill be the primary source of information for all of our high level meetings held in Ireland and Brussels and for breaking news during our Presidency.

“It also will be the portal for media accreditation, will live stream all major events, and will be used to showcase Ireland to international audiences.”