Builders accuse ESB staff of demanding cash for connections – The Irish Times

ESB employees are alleged to have demanded cash payments from companies involved in building housing developments to secure preferential treatment for the completion of electrical works, the High Court has heard.

The companies that have made the claims to the ESB are Richmond Homes Ltd and Arkmount Construction Ltd, the court heard.

Earlier this year, the companies claimed to the ESB that the cash payments had been requested for the facilitation and speeding up of the work being carried out by the construction companies on the construction projects in which they have been involved.

The High Court also heard that the significance of the allegations is that the payments have been sought for the personal benefit of the individuals.

It is alleged that some of the amounts allegedly required, which in some cases are alleged to have been paid, range between 10,000 and 5,000 euros.

The ESB considers the allegations, which were made against it earlier this year, to be very serious and is taking the matter very seriously. has referred complaints about its employees to An Garda Siochana, which is investigating the matter.

The ESB and one of its affiliates want to know which of their staff are accused of having made the payment demands so that they can take action against those people.

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In the High Court proceedings brought by ESB and its affiliate ESB Networks DAC, orders were sought from Richmond Homes and Arkmount Construction, with its registered office at Embassy House Ballsbridge Dublin 4, to provide the claimants with details and information about the alleged payments made by ESB employees.

The details sought by the ESB include the names of the people who made the request for payments, details of what needed to be done to make the payments, and the amounts allegedly paid.

They also seek to be provided with the locations where such alleged payments were made and the methods by which the claimed payments were made.

The ESB has agreed that the information it obtains will be used for internal purposes only.

The ESB action was briefly mentioned before the High Court this week. It was postponed to an October date when the new legal term begins.

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