Bal­brig­gan dad des­per­ate for school trans­port

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By KEN PHE­LAN

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.

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