School transport system remains broken down in County Meath – Tóibín
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín has outlined his frustration with the continual failure of the school transport system for dozens of rural dwellers in County Meath.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“School transport has broken down for dozens of families in rural areas. Families invested in parish life are being refused transport for their children in schools for that parish. Distances as the crow flies trump generations of ties between families and parishes.
“Arbitrary decisions by Minister John Halligan’s department are creating great difficulty in rural life. Despite us being well into the first semester of the school year, little has been done to alleviate the problem.
“My office has made a large number of representations on behalf of families living in areas such as Fore, Coole, Clonmellon, Castlepollard, Delvin and Oldcastle, yet, weeks later, we’re still waiting on a satisfactory response from the Minister.
“It’s clear that Minister Halligan prides himself as a representative of the people. However it is difficult to see any possible influence he’s made on this annual disaster.
“Sinn Féin have published a detail and costed rural school transport plan that seeks to amend the current policy which is failing so many school children and families around the country. We would introduce measures such as eliminating the lottery system for concessionary ticket holders, provide a derogation from the nearest school rule where this can be justified as a result of established community or social links, as well as reduce costs for parents and children.”
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