Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Public Service Contracts.

[417] Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the failure of some main contractors to pay sub-contracts in respect of public contracts; if it is intended to draw such issues to the attention of main contractors particularly when further payments fall due; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25789/09]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: I am not aware of any particular situation where a delay in payment by a main contractor to a sub-contractor has occurred on a public works contract. I should explain to the Deputy that a contracting authority is only responsible for payment for work satisfactorily done by a main contractor under contract with the contracting authority. The contractual relationship on a project with a subcontractor is different. In such cases the contract is between the main contractor and the subcontractor with no other party having privacy to it. Therefore, if there is a problem regarding payment to a subcontractor it is a contractual matter between main contractor and subcontractor and must be resolved through the use of the relevant provisions in the contract.