As many as twenty secondary school pupils have been told that there is no place on a school bus for them to travel to their secondary school, namely Creagh College in Gorey. They were told this only three weeks before they were due to start back in school.
Wexford TD James Browne has said that the School Bus Scheme is causing untold stress for schoolchildren from the Ballygarrett/Killenagh area who are enrolled with Creagh College in Gorey.
The news has come as a shock to children and parents, many of whom already benefitted from concessionary tickets on the school bus scheme. The children affected range from first years to Leaving Certificate students.
Deputy Browne has been making representations to Bus Éireann and Minister John Halligan regarding the stress caused by the lack of school bus places.
“I have been inundated with calls, texts and emails from parents of children who should have a place on a school bus but have been left high and dry as the 53 seats on the bus allocated for the route have all been filled. This is a particularly stressful situation for the families who have only learned with three weeks’ notice that they need to find alternative school transport for their children,” said Deputy Browne, who concluded; “My Party and I know the importance of traditional school catchment areas in rural areas. The current Government rejected these catchment areas at a great cost to communities. Fianna Fáil believes school children who received a concessionary bus pass in their first year of either primary or secondary school should be granted a pass until they finish school. These measures would go a long way to solving the problems affecting many of the families in Ballygarrett and Killenagh.”