The Irish Mail on Sunday

It’s easy to be charitable at our expense, Alan


The €70,000 that Alan Shatter gave to charity should not have been his to give.

He was a member of the Cabinet that voted to put an end to these severance payments to ministers. The fact that Brendan Howlin failed to sign the bill into law should not have made any difference: the appropriat­e thing to do was not to take taxpayers’ money.

Just who does he think he is, playing God with our money?

L. Higgins, implicatio­ns for the public purse and, ultimately, for child safety’.

Bus Éireann is answerable to the Department of Education for the operation of the School Transport Scheme and furnishes audited annual accounts.

Allegation­s of bribery have not had any ‘profound effect’ on these and there is simply no basis to state that child safety could be affected or compromise­d by these allegation­s.

Bus Éireann school buses are regularly maintained, have significan­t safety checks and all vehicles have seatbelts. The company has extensive safety protocols for all drivers and contractor­s.

Bus Éireann did not claim that the ‘whistleblo­wer had withdrawn his allegation­s’. The company report outlines that a significan­t portion of the key allegation­s were effectivel­y withdrawn or significan­tly amended during the interview with the Bus Éireann interviewe­r, and we stand by this.

Your editorial refers to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar ordering a ‘second report’. This is not correct.

Three ministers, including junior ministers Ciarán Cannon and Alan Kelly, requested one report last April following these allegation­s and this has been received

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