STATEMENT BY BUS EIREANN REGARDING SCHOOL TRANSPORT TENDERS
The allegations contained within the former contractor’s unsworn affidavit are not substantiated by any evidence produced to our investigation team to date. Since Bus Éireann became aware of these allegations on 12 September 2013, the company has thoroughly investigated the matter.
We have repeatedly called on those making these allegations to furnish any material they might have to the Gardai without delay. However in the intervening eight months, no evidence to support the allegations of misconduct by any Bus Éireann employee in relation to the tender process of school transport contracts has been given to the company or to our knowledge, to An Garda Siochana. We are at a loss to understand why such a delay has taken place.
We are aware that a Garda investigation may commence into these allegations. Needless to say we will fully co-operate with the Gardai in this regard. We have repeatedly written to the individuals and called on them to supply evidence to support the allegations.
However to date no evidence has been provided to us, including any related to the charge that flights/holidays were being paid for in return for the awarding of school bus contracts.
The former contractor has provided services for Bus Éireann for many years. So in conclusion we reiterate - if there is any evidence to support his allegations, we would ask him to give it to the Gardai without delay.
The Department of Education and Skills received a redacted, unsworn and un-signed affidavit, which was sent to Bus Éireann for review. Attached is the document in its original format as it was received by Bus Éireann in September 2013.
Attached letter from Chief Executive Martin Nolan to Public Accounts Committee Chairman Deputy John McGuinness TD dated February 25th 2014.
Monday, 14th April, 2014