I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 to 216, inclusive, together.
Bus Éireann has advised that the Company completed the report entitled 'Report into Allegations of Misconduct of Bus Éireann Employees with respect to the Operation of the School Transport Scheme' on April 28 last. This report was then submitted to me, Minister Varadkar and Minister Kelly, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Chairpersons of the Public Accounts and Transport and Communications Committees. The Transport and Communications Committee, having taken legal advice, took the decision to forward various documents from Bus Éireann, including this report, to the appropriate authority for such issues, namely an Garda Síochána.
The individual named in the details supplied is not an employee of Bus Éireann nor a contracted private operator. Bus Éireann has advised that this individual was therefore not interviewed as part of their investigation.
The Company and I have repeatedly called on any party with evidence of wrongdoing to furnish any evidence in their possession to the appropriate authority for investigation, namely an Garda Síochána.
Given that the report was being published on the company website, the Company considered it necessary to protect the identities of individual employees and contracted private operators. Bus Éireann has acknowledged that an earlier draft version of the report was mistakenly used to complete this work, which was then published on the Company website. This error has since been rectified and the correct version is now available on the website.
Bus Éireann has confirmed that there are two almost identical versions of the report in existence, one given to the Ministers and Committees and the slightly amended version on the Bus Éireann website protecting the identities of individual employees and contracted private operators.