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What is “Procurement”?

Public Procurement can be defined as the acquisition, whether under formal contract or not, of works, supplies and services by public bodies.  It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal tendering and placing contracts for large infrastructural projects.


It is a basic principle of public procurement that a competitive process should be used unless there are justifiably exceptional circumstances.  At Donegal County Council we aim to ensure high standards of openness, transparency and compliance with all relevant public procurement Directives, legislation and guidelines in all our procurement.


Doing Business with Donegal County Council

We utilise many of the national contracts put in place by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and other central purchasing bodies.  We also issue requests for tenders and quotations as business needs require in line with all relevant public procurement Directives, legislation and guidelines.


Upcoming tender opportunities are advertised on or  We also use these websites to seek quotations. 


Quotations may also be sought via email or over the phone (if low value). 



How to Register on eTenders


To compete for tenders advertised, a supplier must be registered on eTenders to avail of any business opportunity.   An email alert is sent every night if any new tenders are published that match selected categories based on Common Procurement Codes (CPV).  As a supplier you need to select all the CPV codes that your company is interested in, so that you receive notification of relevant tenders as they are advertised. Further information is available by clicking on the following guidance documentation:


Guidance for Suppliers Registering on eTenders


Guidance for Suppliers Responding to Tenders on eTenders


If you need assistance in registering please contact the eTenders helpdesk at or 021 243 92 77


How to Register on Supply Gov


SupplyGov is a procurement system which facilitates the Local Authorities and other state agencies to run mini-tenders (from frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems that have already been advertised on eTenders) and requests for quotations.  It primarily deals with categories relating to Plant Hire; Minor Building & Civil Works and related training. 


All new frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems are published as a contract notice on eTenders, therefore, it is vital that you are registered on eTenders if you wish to receive notification of relevant frameworks or dynamic purchasing systems relating to Minor Building & Civil Works, etc.  You cannot join an existing framework until it is re-advertised but applications can be made to join a dynamic purchasing system at any time during the period of validity.


The Dynamic Purchasing System for Plant Hire for Local Authorities and the Office of Public Works and Road Marking Supplies and Services for Local Authorities remains open for applications.  Details on applying can be found by clicking on the following link:


Further information is available by clicking on the following guidance documentation:


Guidance on Registering on SupplyGov


 If you need assistance in registering please contact the helpdesk at or 076 1064020.


Contact Us


For general enquiries concerning procurement, contact us at


For enquiries concerning advertised tenders or request for quotation, use the contact details provided on the or, as appropriate.






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