The Minister for Education needs to act now and provide the additional school bus places needed for children returning to school. That’s the call from Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh.

Deputy Conway Walsh raised the matter in the Dail a number of months ago, seeking specific numbers from the Minister as to how many additional school transport seats were being provided for the new academic year, in light of the government’s announcement that school bus transport costs are to be suspended this year, as parents cope with the rising cost of living. At that time, a number of parents in a rural region of Castlebar had contacted Midwest News over the vague and unhelpful responses they were receiving from the Dept when they attempted to renew their children’s school transport tickets.

Speaking on Midwest Radio’s Morning Edition programme this morning Roscommon/Galway deputy Michael Fitzmaurice described what he has termed as the "chaos" of the School Transport Service.

The Independent deputy says children are literally being left on the side of the road as a result of yet another monumental failure of government policy and explained that his constituency office is inundated with requests for assistance from parents whose children are being refused concessionary school bus tickets.

This lunchtime Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked deputy Conway Walsh had she managed to secure a response from the Minister on the number of additional school transport seats that are to be provided from September…..






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