government tenders in Ireland

If you are looking for government tenders in Ireland, you can find out more about sectoral expenditure on an Irish government website.

Total expenditure for 2018 has been estimated to hit €72.5 billion. Spending is broken into seven categories:

  • Social Protection
  • Health
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Agriculture
  • Debt Servicing, EU Payments
  • Transport
  • Other

We have chosen to investigate a selection of these categories and will highlight areas of opportunity for businesses that want to win government tenders in Ireland.



Public transport is set to be a big part of the Capital Plan, a ten-year plan for investment into infrastructure. In January this year Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said;

“public transport is something I really believe in and something in which we will invest very heavily into the future’’


The government’s planned investment will support expanded bus services, additional carriages for Irish Rail, the metro project and the new Luas lines.

In total, the government is set to spend €2 billion on transport this year and €1.66 billion of this will be spent on land transport.



Education is another key area for the Irish government; In 2018 expenditure sits at €10.1 billion. However, it has recently been announced that the government will increase capital spending on schools over the ten years as part of a €12bn investment programme.

Plans include the construction of new school buildings with work taking place at the end of this year.



The Irish government is set to spend €15.3 billion in 2018 on healthcare.

The public and private sector are working together to complete 14 state-of-the-art health facilities across the Republic of Ireland, a partnership between Health Service Executive and Prime Contractors Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners.

The total cost is estimated to be €140m. So far, seven new centres have been built in Boyle, Tuam, Ballinrobe, Limerick, Claremorris, Ballymote and Kilcock.


Find government tenders in Ireland

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Project Ireland 2040 - Infrastructure projects

Ireland has launched the Climate Action Fund as part of the overarching infrastructure framework Project Ireland 2040.

Funding of €500 million through to 2027 will aim to combat fuel poverty, enhance renewable energy, and bolster local infrastructure such as electric vehicle networks, district heating.


Application deadline is approaching

With the application deadline of 1 October 2018 looming, applications are welcome from both public and private sector bidders.

The policy is set to contribute towards the Irish Government’s efforts to reduce greenhouses gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

This funding is in addition to the soon to be issued first-ever Green Bond, which will raise capital for further environmental projects in line with the National Development Plan.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, commented:

“This fund is one of the most innovative measures that we announced as part of Project Ireland 2040, where we have ring-fenced half a billion euros for projects that will have a practical and profound effect on the future of our nation and our environment.

“The opportunities are endless and I would encourage people to be creative and solution-focused.”


Infrastructure projects

Mr Naughten has also spoken about how a wide variety of suppliers will be required to complete the projects supported by the Climate Action Fund, explaining that services will “range from electrifying our bus fleet to expanding electric vehicles.”  Other projects include the development of district heating and exploration of ways of using food waste as a source of renewable energy. He says that:

“The fund is about a new way of problem-solving in urban and rural communities, and in business and enterprise on climate and our environment.”

Cross-party support across the Irish Parliament has boosted environmental legislation as Ireland comes under pressure from the European Union to step up efforts in the fight against climate change. This was underscored earlier this year when Ireland became the first country to stop investments in fossil fuel companies, with the €8 billion national investment fund expected to divest from public investments in peat, oil, gas, and coal within the next five years.


Work with the Irish public sector

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SME public sector tenders


SME businesses are extremely important for the labour market in Ireland as they generate more than 70% of all jobs in the non-financial business economy.

One thing that all SMEs have in common is that they are too busy, which means basic things that their business should be doing fall through the net.

Social media, effective management, training, reflection, and growth are all ingredients to having a successful Irish SME. Going back to the drawing board isn’t always a bad thing. To help you get started we explore five things which can easily get lost in the day-to-day workload, and explain how you can put them back on the agenda.



Are you doing enough to promote the work of your business? A PR company or marketing agency isn’t essential when it comes to spreading the word about all the positive things your business is doing. Make sure your business is utilising social media. Whether you have chosen to go down the paid or organic route, the more you use social media the bigger the benefit you will get out of it.

Make sure that your brand is sharing quality content and engaging with followers. This will certainly help your business to grow its brand awareness and help to build a relationship with current customers.



Make sure your business allocates enough time for important administrative tasks like filing taxes, managing payroll and dealing with HR issues.

Many businesses will leave these types of tasks to the very last minute; however, it is important that your business can manage time and tasks effectively. A strong business will make sure that these types of tasks are completed to a high standard.



SME business



Have a think about training courses that could be valuable to the staff at all levels. Training your employees will show them that you are willing to invest in their development, which will inventively boost staff morale across the board.



The world of an SME moves fast, so make sure you are taking time to reflect on the progress of your business at regular intervals. Try to understand the challenges your business faces and the opportunities that can come from them.

The best businesses acknowledge what perhaps isn’t working for them and then work on fixing the problems, or even changing tack. This makes them a stronger business in the longer term as it removes the risk of making the same mistake twice!



Never be afraid to take the next step! If your business is ready to expand, there are many ways you can do this.

Start by investing time into looking for new opportunities. Portals like Supply2Gov Ireland can send you relevant public sector tenders straight to your inbox, which eliminates any manual work for your team.

Manage your time better with Suppy2Gov Ireland and focus on the business processes that your business may have been neglecting.


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