Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Census Contract Raises Serious Issues- O'Leary

Census Contract Raises Serious Issues

Sinn Féin councillor Chris O’Leary has said the award of the €6 million contract to produce and compile Census 2011 to a UK company raises serious issues.

Cllr O’Leary said:

“The award of the six million Euro contact to produce and compile Census 2011 to CACI-UK raises serious issues.”

“At a time of severe unemployment, would it not have been better for the CSO – which is based here in Cork – to hire suitably qualified graduates to carry out the work locally rather than contracting it to a UK company?”

“CACI also has a questionable record. In the past, it provided interrogation staff at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, which was the scene of serious human rights abuses. This is the company which will now be processing the personal data of Irish citizens.”

“CACI should never have been hired to do this work. The way in which public contracts like this are awarded needs to be reviewed.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O’Leary @ 087-2794307

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