School bus row bad for Fin­gal

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

Fin­gal fam­i­lies are likely to be ad­versely af­fected by a Dublin Bus School Trans­port de­ci­sion to end con­tracts with Ex­press Bus.

A Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fin­gal has voiced his con­cern for the stu­dents and fam­i­lies im­pacted by Dublin Bus School Trans­port’s de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate bus con­tracts with Ex­press Bus, last week.

Deputy Alan Far­rell TD said: Many par­ents, guardians, stu­dents and in­deed the wider school com­mu­ni­ties of im­pacted schools are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned by the im­pli­ca­tions of the de­ci­sion by Dublin Bus School Trans­port to ter­mi­nate its con­tracts with Bus Ex­press.’

The lo­cal Fine Gael TD added: ‘I un­der­stand that there are suf­fi­cient grounds to war­rant this de­ci­sion by Dublin Bus School Trans­port.

‘How­ever, the short no­tice pro­vided will have left many fam­i­lies in dif­fi­cult po­si­tions in re­la­tion to en­sur­ing stu­dents can make it to and from their school.’

Deputy Far­rell ex­plained: ‘‘I un­der­stand that par­ents have been ad­vised to make their own ar­range­ments with re­gard to school trans­port.

‘This is un­ac­cept­able.’ He added: ‘‘It is vi­tal that ac­tion is taken to pro­vide stu­dents with an al­ter­na­tive mode of trans­port to and from school, as a mat­ter of ur­gency.’

Deputy Far­rell con­cluded: ‘As the lo­cal Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fin­gal, I will be rais­ing the con­cerns of par­ents and stu­dents, and the need to sup­port af­fected fam­i­lies with the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills.’

Emily Cole and Eileen Co­gan at the turn­ing on of the Christ­mas Lights in George’s Square, Balbriggan.

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