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Cross Party Group on School Transport should meet urgently – Nolan

1 September, 2016


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has today called on the Minister of State, John Halligan, to urgently convene the Cross Party Group on School Transport as school children have been left without transport as the school term begins. 

Teachta Nolan said: 

“I am aware of a number of instances where students have been left without means of transport to school. 

“As the new school term gets underway, parents and students are left in limbo despite the promise made by the Minister of State that no child would lose their seat on the school bus. 

“In some cases these children have missed their first day of the new school term and urgent action is required to address this situation. 

"I welcome confirmation that an extra bus has been provided for students in Meath as of the 5th September and I am urging the Minister to provide the same assistance to pupils in other counties, particularly Cork and Offaly where large numbers of pupils have been affected.

“I have asked the Minister of State to facilitate a meeting with a delegation of parents in relation to this matter and I hope that this request will be considered favourably. 

“Furthermore, I am also calling on the Minister of State to immediately convene the Cross Party Group on School Transport so that we can take steps to ensure that the school transport scheme is fit for purpose.”

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