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Allegations about Bus Éireann handed over to the gardaí

The documents contain allegations about individuals within Bus Éireann and bus operators who dealt with the company.

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TDS ARE TO hand over documents containing serious allegations about Bus Éireann to An Garda Síochána.

The letters are believed to make allegations about individuals both within Bus Éireann and bus operators who dealt with Bus Éireann.

Bus Eireann has rubbished claims of bribery made by some bus operators, who say they were forced to give kickbacks in order to win contracts to operate school bus services.

Bus Éireann has repeatedly denied the claims, which it says are “designed to damage its reputation through a media trial rather than through the due process of the legal system”.

In a statement this evening, the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communication said it was going to hand over some documents – without specifying their contents – to the gardaí.

The documents were given to the clerk of the committee by Bus Éireann.

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“The Committe has taken legal advice on these documents and, on foot of that, this afternoon took the decision for the Clerk to forward the documents to An Garda Síochána pursuant to its obligations under the Criminal Justice Act 2011 and other enactments,” a spokesperson for the Oireachtas confirmed in a statement.

“The substance of the allegations contained in these documents fall outside the Committee’s remit and could potentially involve wrong-doing and, in that regards, the Committee has agreed to refer the matter to the appropriate authority for such issues, which in this case is An Garda Síochána”.

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