Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has welcomed confirmation that the Urris School Bus issue has finally been resolved. It follows a three year battle by parents to ensure that students from the Urris area can continue to avail of free school transport so that they can attend Carndonagh Community School.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “The original decision was completely ridiculous and meant that students from parts of Urris were told that they were no longer eligible for free school transport as Bus Eireann and the Department of Education had adjudicated that they were nearer to Buncrana Secondary Schools using the Mamore Gap route.
“This approach totally lacked common sense and in theory would have meant that new transport arrangements would have had to be put in place for students to travel to Buncrana. What happened in practice over the last three years was that secondary school students from the area continued to travel to Carndonagh Community School, but had to pay up to €650 per family in cases where they were previously able to avail of free school transport.
“I have now received confirmation that school transport eligibility will once again be available from this September so that students living in the Urris area will be able to avail of school transport to Carndonagh and be guaranteed a seat on the school bus. There will also be no transport fees for students who have medical cards, as was the case in the past.
“I would like to commend the parents for their tremendous work in pressing this issue and indeed Minister Halligan for ensuring that common sense was finally brought to bear in this case. It will be a relief to all of the families and students affected and the outcome is a credit to their resolve and perseverance”.