Adams called for response over school transport
Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the Minister for Education to address the problems faced by families in Louth who are still unable to access places for their children under the school transport scheme .
He said that having previously raised concerns with the Minister regarding these places, a response to a parliamentary question received in the last week shows that chil- dren are still without places on the scheme.
‘Many families in Louth have problems with the current school transport scheme system. A response from the Minister to my parliamentary questions shows that those problems still exist. Nineteen children are still without a place on a school bus. Parents of children with special needs are still having their applications processed.
The Louth TD revealed that he has been receiving rep- resentations from families affected.
‘Having been contacted by distressed parents, it is clear that the lack of a seat on the school bus for these children has a real impact.’
He added that many families ‘do not have the ability to provide or pay for alternative transport.’
Meanwhile he pointed out that Sinn Féin has published a ‘detailed and costed rural school transport plan that seeks to amend the current policy which is clearly failing many families around the country.’
We would introduce measures such as eliminating the lottery system for concessionary ticket holders, provide a derogation from the nearest school rule where this can be justified as a result of established community or social links, as well as reduced costs for parents.’
Deputy Adams concluded: ‘I will continue to raise this issue with the Minister.’
Deputy Gerry Adams.