Wexford TD Verona Murphy has labelled the “city-centric government” a disgrace…
Verona Murphy’s comments follow the chaos that continues to happen regarding the School Transport Service. With less than two weeks to go until the schools return, parents of students are finding it increasingly difficult to get their sons and daughters onto a school bus for the upcoming academic year.
In many rural communities, many public school buses are already subscribed for the academic year and there is no space available. Many parents are also struggling with the financial cost of a private bus, with quotes of upwards of €70 per-week for the transport of just one student.
Murphy stated that it’s another “another attack on rural Ireland from our city-centric Government” and that it makes her “blood boil.”
“I have written to the Minister for Education and the Minister for Transport to intervene to resolve the complete chaos that is the School Transport Service.”
“My constituency offices are inundated with communications for assistance from parents whose children are being refused concessionary school bus tickets. Children who have been using the school bus service for 3, 4 and even 5 years, now suddenly have no place on the bus,” she questioned.
“First year students with no way of getting to their new schools. All the fanfare when Government announced free school transport again just SPIN. With less than 2 weeks to return to school, it is nothing short of a disgrace what is happening,” she stated.
Wexford TD Verona Murphy is calling on the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to increase the number of school buses immediately.
Alongside that, to help alleviate the financial pressures and concerns for parents, she will call for private school buses to be subsidised by Government grants in a proposal that is to be submitted to the Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe.
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