So two days into the publication of details online, and the crowd are already asking some very interesting questions. First on the list is Cartel. Cartel are listed on the expenses documents as having provided car hire services to the Minister and his entourage. The figures involved are rather startling. We are talking about five figure sums simply for ferrying the minister around. Perhaps the figures are justified in London, but is it value for money? As taxpayers we need to start asking this question.
So I was curious about Cartel, so went digging, as did others on the politics.ie thread.
First, here is the website.
Privately owned since 1989, our company prides itself on first class quality of service, client confidentiality and discretion.
Conveniently based between Heathrow Airport and Central London we cover all destinations within the UK and Ireland and are connected to all major worldwide business cities.
Unit 7A Fleetway Business Park West
14-16 Wadsworth Road
Second, who registered the domain? It was registered by a firm called CarTel Limousines. Their address is listed as:
CarTel Limousines Ltd
Fleetway Business Park
14/16 Wadsworth Road
Greenford, Middlesex ub6 7ld
tel: 02089970000 fax: 02089970014
Third, check with companies house. Is there a firm called CarTel Limousines? Yup. Company number 03218976.
Fourth, get latest company data. See if address is the same and see who the directors are.
Company document, with name of directors.
17 Pennine Parade
The directors are Terence Gallagher and Margaret Gallagher, both with addresses in Ealing.
Fifth, why the different addresses? Check out Unit 7A Fleetway Business Park West on Google. Satellite photo. Google Streetview:
Then check out other address at Pennine Drive. Satellite photo. Streetview:
Sixth, ask more questions. Why were the bills that big? Can we get a breakdown of the fees? It should be said, this could easily all be perfectly legit. The problem is, since we don’t have invoices, contracts, tenders, receipts, or really anything – a vacuum of information leads to speculation.