No indication given in these reports, just "10 vendors" which the HSE hadn't dealt with before. We know one was Robert Quirke and his RoQu outfit. Another was probably Narooma. But what about the other eight? All the ventilators were useless. pic.twitter.com/yuVCx8BbaT
— nwl (@nwl88444048) July 5, 2021
Wondering how the HSE made a decision to buy ventilators from someone with limited to “no background” in medical tech at the height of the pandemic?
Here’s how. Prepare, IMHO, to have your mind BLOWN 🤯 pic.twitter.com/FvIiMAKAJQ
— Paddy Cosgrave 🏴☠️ (@paddycosgrave) April 2, 2021
‘Significant’ issues flagged in Chinese ventilator probe – 29 March 2021
Ventilator company sold high spec luxury cars – 20 March 2021
Get rid of the evidence FAST! Ship it off to India – God help us! More money down the drain in transport costs for machinery nobody can use – but then, is there a crisis in India anyway?
Public money spent in ‘absolute scramble’ for supplies as Coid-19 hit, PAC told – Asked about €14m ventilator contract, procurement officer says ‘market forces were very, very different’ – 2 March 2021
Discussions ‘ongoing’ about failed ventilator deal with festival company Roqu – Roqu had existed in some shape or form since 2013, but it wasn’t incorporated until 2016, when it was known as Roqu Ventures. Mr Quirke (41) had worked for a digital sales agency before joining the IDA as a vice president of technology in October 2015……
- He left the State investment agency in April 2017, and since then it appears Roqu has been his sole concern. He was involved in organising a children’s festival at Malahide Castle in Dublin in 2014…..
- In 2017, he was promoting a fan zone at MMA star Conor McGregor’s boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. For the following two years his principal preoccupation was the Jeddah festival in Saudi Arabia. By March, when that event’s 2020 iteration was cancelled due to Covid, Mr Quirke’s attention had already turned to ventilators. – 16 Jan 2021
VENTILATORS FROM CHINA via IRISH FIRM “ROQU”
VENTILATORS (never worked) cost the Irish Taxpayer €14M But Tanaiste Leo Varadkar remembers nothing about the ventilators – he has to go check – ““When it comes to contracts, procurement and so on, that is done at agency level (What is agency level?) not at a political level. I do not have any particular recollection of any involvement in any contracts related to ventilators but I would have to check my records on that. At the time, we were getting a lot of offers of help.” Roisin Shortall Leaders Question Time Dail Eireann
A first for Ireland, the (roqu) test was performed live on-air with Prof Martin Curley, Director of Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at the HSE. The results were generated within 15 minutes before the end of Prof Curley’s presentation. – 12 Oct 2020