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The Gathering Song Saga continues


As mentioned in my previous post regarding the E-Tender published by Clare County Council to produce a song for The Gathering for County Clare, it would appear from correspondence sent to the Council by prospective bidders that there is are some concerns in the difficulty in tendering to produce a song they have never heard. A simple detail you would think to allow a successful tender.

Included below are some redacted emails which set out the ridiculous situation that bidders are facing.

One bidder is informed by the officer overseeing the tender that it is not possible to provide a copy of the song by Peter Keane to listen to but the song would fall into the “mid-pop rock” genre, however they are open to other genres.

Also in this age of music downloads the Council will be seeking the publishing of 5,000 CD singles as detailed following questions from another prospective bidder.

A €18,000 budgeted project to provide a song and the bidders to the tender can’t even hear the song. Does the public sector have any business attempting to produce music, not by the look of this tender!

It is worth clearly stating that I do not believe that the tender is being dealt with in any way but to the highest standards of fairness and openness, however the intent of these articles is to draw notice to the fact that the Local Authority is possibly not the most suited authority to oversee a competition to produce a song.

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About Brian Stokes

Spent seven years working as a Parliamentary Assistant and Personal Assistant in Dáil Éireann and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Studying History & Economics in University College Cork. Walker of a dog called Vimes.

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