Latest: Bus Éireann apologise after driver arrest on suspicion of drink driving

Latest: Bus Éireann apologise after driver arrest on suspicion of drink driving
A Bus Éireann driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving on New Year's Day 2020.

On New Year's Day, a bus driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Cork city and passengers had to be transferred to a different bus.

The bus driver was driving the 11:48 220 Route from Carrigaline to Ballincollig at the time.

The driver was pulled over by Gardaí on the Western Road and a breath test was conducted, which returned a fail.

Bus Éireann released a statement in relation to the matter, apologising to customers involved. "Bus Éireann can confirm that the driver of the 11:48 Route 220 service from Carrigaline to Ballincollig was detained following a roadside check at Victoria Cross on January 1 2020.

"The vehicle was in service at the time, all passengers were transferred onto another vehicle with a minimal delay.

"We would like to apologise to any customers impacted, we have no further comment at this time."

When asked whether the driver would face disciplinary action, the spokesperson said: "Bus Éireann will deal with this matter in line with our internal procedures."

Gardaí also confirmed the incident in a statement.

"On Wednesday, January 1 2020, Gardaí on patrol on the Western Road in Cork City stopped a bus and conducted a roadside breath test on the driver which returned with a fail.

"A male in his early 50s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving and brought to Bridewell Garda Station.

"He was later released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions."

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