Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy has called on Minister Shane Ross to publish a report carried out by Grant Thornton auditors on the future of Bus Éireann.
Deputy Troy made the comments after it was revealed that Minister Ross briefed the cabinet earlier today on the contents of the report. This is despite the Taoiseach stating in the Dáil this afternoon that Minister Ross is yet to receive a copy of the report.
“Bus Éireann is currently facing a funding crisis and it has been suggested that a number of key services are at risk of being axed. Grant Thornton carried out a detailed report on the difficulties facing the company but Minister Ross claims he is yet to receive a copy of the document.
“Minister Ross has refused to discuss the details of the report in public on the basis that he has not yet received a copy of it. This is a farcical situation considering the Minister briefed the cabinet earlier today on the difficulties facing Bus Éireann. It’s hard to believe that the Minister has not yet received the report considering it’s currently circulating in the media.
“If the Minister hasn’t read the report then why hasn’t he contacted Bus Éireann to request a copy of it? Many people suspect that the Minister want’s to delay officially receiving a copy of the report so that he can continue to duck-and-dive on the issue in public.
“The Minister should end this charade and ensure the report is published in full without any further delay. People are concerned about the future of their bus services. They should be afforded the opportunity to read the report and contribute to the current debate,” said Deputy Troy.