Offaly bus company owner pleads guilty of failing to maintiain bus involved in fatal crash

The owner of an Offaly bus hire company has pleaded guilty to failing to maintain a school bus that was later involved in a fatal crash.

Other charges including an allegation that the owner's failure had caused the death of 15 year old school boy Michael White have been dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The bus crashed on a bog road just outside Clara, Co Offaly on April 4th, 2006 when the back axle came away and the bus flipped over.

A sentencing date has yet to be set.

The trial continues in relation to O’Reilly Commercials Limited of Ballinalack, Mullingar, Co Westmeath on four charges relating to failing to note or verify defects when they tested the bus in August, 2005.

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