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No school bus service for children living on mountainside

7 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson has written to the Belfast Education and Library Board and direct rule Education Minister Marie Eagle expressing his anger at a decision to axe a school minibus service for children living on the Hannastown area of the Black Mountain to Oliver Plunket School on the Glen Road.

Michael Ferguson said,

" The decision by the BELB to deny transport for children living on this mountainside to the school down below is atrocious and puts these children's lives at risk.

" The route for children on this mountainside is down a road that does not even have a public transport provision and it is shameful and typical of both the BELB and British Government's abdication of responsibility for the needs of our school children.

" The school minibus service offered provision for 15-20 children and this service has been axed as a result of cutbacks and as a consequence presents a danger to the health and well being of the children affected.

"This is one more reason why we need the restoration of the Assembly and its institutions and it is important to state and restate that it is the DUP who are reinforcing the denial of education and learning services to our children and young people across the religious and political spectrum." ENDS

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