DAD PLEADS FOR SCHOOL BUS FOR HIS SPECIAL BOY
Balbriggan dad desperate for school transport
A Balbriggan father is fighting for school transport for his eight-year-old son, who has special needs, to the nearest suitable primary school, in Portmarnock.
Paul Mcmahon said he was told the Department of Education and Bus Eireann would arrange transport for his son, David, who travels to the Portmarnock school from his home in Castlelands, Balbriggan.
According to Paul, he was told this service would be in place by the start of this school term.
David, who’s in second class, attends St. Marnock’s NS, Portmarnock, the closest school to Balbriggan that caters for his special needs, according to his dad.
Currently, Paul, who is unemployed, drives David to Portmarnock and back each day, a 70 mile round trip which, he said, is placing the family under undue financial pressure.
Paul said: ‘We filled in all the relevant paperwork, and the school sent it in to Bus Eireann.’
But the transport has never materialised for the eight-yearold and Paul has heard nothing from the Department of Education. The exasperated dad said: ‘No-one is telling me anything – nothing.’ According to Paul, there are two other children from Balbriggan who need the same service.
Paul Mcmahon and his son David.