The Irish Mail on Sunday
What the report fails to address
THE Bus Eireann report released this week does not deal with a number of matters which the ongoing Irish Mail on Sunday investigation into the school transport scheme has revealed. For example, it does not deal with:
Claims by a family-run bus company that they bought their way into the school transport scheme for £28,000 in a deal that allegedly involved kickbacks going to Bus Éireann officials. The MoS has obtained documentary evidence such as bank drafts, receipts and bank statements to back up the claims.
Claims by another operator that he paid for a holiday to Spain for a Bus Éireann official in return for keeping his school transport routes. The same operator also claims to have provided overnight accommodation at top hotels for Bus Éireann officials. The MoS has obtained Visa bills and hotel bookings that back up these claims.
Claims by two further operators in different parts of the country that they paid cash for routes.
Claims by yet another operator that he was put under pressure to pay a bribe as his contracts were being discussed.
These matters have been forwarded to gardaí for investigation by Bus Éireann and also to the Oireachtas Transport Committee.