Two senior staff members who were employed at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin in the purchasing and procurement department have been dismissed, the hospital has confirmed to RTÉ News.

It followed an investigation into allegations that both accepted holidays and in one case also sought a gift from a supplier, to whom they also gave information.

The actions were revealed in an RTÉ Investigations Unit report in July 2015.

The two staff members, Ger Russell and David Byrne, were suspended on pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

St Vincent's has said it undertook a formal, independent investigation into the allegations against the two senior staff members.

As a result of the investigation, a disciplinary process took place which culminated in a decision to dismiss both employees concerned.

The hospital said that it is currently making arrangements to advertise both of the roles.

The supplier involved in the controversy was Eurosurgical Limited.

After the controversy, the HSE suspended all payments to the supplier from its hospitals.

The RTÉ programme also dealt with a separate case involving the Beacon Private Hospital and a purchasing official.

That hospital also set up a review and the staff member resigned last July.