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SELB criticised after decision to axe South Armagh School bus transport

11 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has said that the announcement by the Southern Education and Library Board that they are withdrawing School Bus Services to some Schools in the south Armagh area has come as a shock to all.

Cllr Hearty said:

"Out of the blue the SELB have announced that they are ceasing Bus services for children to schools throughout the area.

"Their reasoning is questionable, and seems to have been totally dictated by finance, without any thought of the Health and well being of our children.

Cllr Hearty who confirmed that he and his colleague Councillor Jimmy McCreesh had asked for an immediate meeting between the Council and SELB representatives to discuss the situation added:

"Clonalig primary School and St Josephs High in my own area are loosing their buses. There has been a bus running from Culloville to Crossmaglen for 34 years. Clonalig School is on the Concession road, a road that has a clear and well document history of traffic collisions and accidents.

"The Southern Education and Library Board by their decision to withdraw Bus Services for our Children are dismissing the dangers that will no doubt result because of the Bus withdrawal.

His colleague Councillor Jimmy McCreesh confirmed that Ballymoyer and Newtownhamilton schools would also be impacted on.

He added:

"These are vibrant and sustainable rural schools. The actions taken by the SELB to stop services means putting more cars and children on our Roads. Surely the health and well being of our children has to be measured more than in monetary terms." ENDS

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