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Leitrim TD calls for review of school transport scheme

Aug 24, 2022 17:08 By Shannonside News
Leitrim TD calls for review of school transport scheme Leitrim TD calls for review of school transport scheme
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Thousands of parents are waiting to hear if their child has a bus seat for the upcoming academic year.

A lack of foresight by the Department of Education is putting huge pressure on parents to secure school transport according to a Leitrim TD.

Deputy Martin Kenny says while Norma Foley waived fees for bus seats this year, capacity hasn't increased to cater for the influx of parents applying.

Those who held concessionary tickets previously have yet to receive a place and the Sinn Fein representative claims one family in Leitrim has been told one of their three children isn't guaranteed a seat.

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Speaking on Let's Talk earlier, Deputy Kenny called on the Department to review the school transport scheme.

'''The Minister was right to reduce the fees for people who would be entitled to it. At the same time, what needed to be done was ensure that there was increased capacity. Maybe two parents need to work, pay mortgages to get on in life and now they find that they can't get a bus place for their child to go to school and it's causing huge pressure on families across the country, particularly in rural areas.''

 

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