Cllr Malcolm Byrne has called on Education Minister Joe McHugh to intervene in the North Wexford School Bus Dispute and provide a medium sized bus for the children of the Ballygarrett and Killenagh area to attend school this September in Gorey in the same way that he intervened for a similar number of children in his own Donegal constituency last year.
Up to thirty children in Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, who were on concessionary bus tickets were told last summer that they would not have a bus until local Minister McHugh intervened and helped secure an additional bus.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne, who is Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Council and als chairs the Board of Management at Creagh College said; “The school bus issue is a perennial problem that will require a bit of flexibility and a more student centered approach. If Minister McHugh can solve it for his Donegal constituents, he should be able to sort it for families in Wexford and indeed, make the policy decisions to resolve it across the country.”
This issue was reported to WexfordToday.com last Monday by Deputy James Browne who stated that 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.
Following our story on WexfordToday.com some readers used social media to say that families in the Ballagh have the same problem with Coláiste an Átha in Kilmuckridge.