Supply And Demand


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Top 30 suppliers to receive money from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in 2013

Gavin Sheridan, of, writes:

[Here] is €2,597,722,577 of State expenditure from 2013, obtained from 68 public bodies via the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It shows the total for each supplier to those 68 public bodies. (Note, there are duplicates where one supplier had a relationship with more than one public body). The data shows the top 5,000 suppliers by amount to those 68 public bodies.

We tried hard to obtain the full SQL database in the possession of the Department, but they resisted us all the way to the Information Commissioner, who found against us last year. They wouldn’t even release a breakdown per public body because they said it would be too complex (anyone who knows SQL knows that can’t be true).

Release: €2.6bn of State spending (

22 thoughts on “Supply And Demand

  1. Eoin

    Uh oh. Any time I hear that patronising ‘too complex’ argument for not making information freely available, I hear alarm bells.

    1. Cian

      Likely wages for agency staff also

      Power, medicines, builders, agencies, vehicle fuel. All pretty much expected.

        1. Jimmee

          Yes because the public sector hires about 300,000 people and to see recruitment fees as an expense would be the biggest scandal ever.

  2. RobD

    Who the f**k is Dave’s Taxi and please tell me why the Irish government is spends €3031 a DAY on them?

    Daves Taxis
    SME € 1,106,584

  3. Niamh

    Can’t explain the Pfizer. The rest is maintenance etc. of buildings and infrastructure, provision of power/telephone services presumably, also those ‘consultation’ fees they pay to outside parties to advise. They hire Accenture and Deloitte to advise quite a bit. The fuel card will be ministerial journeys or the CSO travelling officers etc. It’s actually not all that sinister when you think about it. There is far better dirt available on these guys, I suspect.

    1. JollyRoger

      Most of this stuff is fair enough but interestingly I can see what my competitors charged last year for their government contracts.

    1. ahjayzis

      If you run a franchise operation does that make you look smaller on paper? Like, they’re all just independent businesses paying you for your branding right? I

    2. dav

      tax purposes, see how the vulture funds with millions in irish assets only pay £250.00 (two five zeo) in taxes to the irish revenue, that#show the golden circle does business.

  4. bob

    279 entries are down as SOLETRADER for a total of €24.2 Million.
    Would be interesting to see what this was for and who these companies were and who these people are related to.

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