Friday 19 December 2014

Leo Varadkar calls for investigation into Bus Eireann 'corruption' claims

Published 14/04/2014 | 11:47

MINISTER for Transport Leo Varadkar has called for an investigation into allegations of corruption at Bus Eireann.

He was responding to reports in the Irish Mail on Sunday which claimed a secret recording between a whisteblower and a Bus Eireann official which cast doubt on an internal inquiry at Bus Eireann.

The investigation is centred on alleged kickbacks for school contracts racket.

Minister Varadkar, and junior ministers Alan Kelly and Ciaran Cannon, said corruption is a criminal offence and they treat any such allegations extremely seriously.

In a statement issued yesterday evening they said:

“The Ministers said corruption is a criminal offence and they treat any such allegations extremely seriously.

"The Ministers have called on the former contractor to immediately report this matter to the Gardaì and to furnish any evidence in his possession to the Gardaì. An Garda Sìochána is the only body with the competence to investigate allegations of a crime of this nature.

“Equally, the Ministers also stated that all individuals are entitled to have their good name protected and must be considered innocent until proven otherwise.

“The Ministers have sought a full report on this matter from Bus Eireann and have invited the former contractor to send any evidence in his possession to the Departments of Transport, Tourism & Sport and to the Department of Education & Skills.”

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