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Bus Éireann 'expects to be able' to replace school bus services after company goes bust

Lough Swilly Bus Company, Ireland’s oldest bus company, entered receivership earlier this month.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

SCHOOL BUS SERVICES cancelled after Ireland’s oldest bus company entered liquidation will now be replaced by Bus Éireann.

Liquidators were appointed to Lough Swilly Bus Company earlier this month, with the loss of 20 jobs.

However, Bus Éireann has now stepped in and ‘expects’ to be able to provide services for the 2,000 children in Donegal affected when they return to school next week.

Lough Swilly operated a number of bus runs under the controversial School Transport Scheme, which transports over 100,000 pupils to school every day.

This service has come under fire recently by allegations of officials requesting bribes in return for awarding contracts to operate routes.

However, Bus Éireann has branded it as ‘a coordinated campaign’ to damage the company’s reputation.

An investigation by the Irish Mail on Sunday found whisteblowers had alleged that “managers at Bus Éireann received kickbacks such as free holidays, gifts, and free transport in return for guaranteeing contracts”.

Read: Bribery claims ‘a coordinated campaign to damage Bus Éireann’s reputation’ >

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