FIANNA Fáil TD, Michael Moynihan has said that Minister Halligan’s about face on promises made to public representatives over the summer, and before schools returned in September, has left many parents anxious about the future of the School Transport Scheme.
“We were told on numerous occasions that students who hold a concessionary school bus ticket would not lose their bus pass pending the outcome of a value for money review.”
“In the last number of days, the review has been published, and there is nothing in it to suggest that those students who lost their concessionary passes will get them back.”
“This is a major headache for families who are being forced to look at changing schools, or finding alternative modes of transport for their children.”
“We need common sense to prevail when it comes to allocating bus passes and deciding on school catchment areas.”
“Parents are rightly concerned that even more cuts are coming down the line for the School Transport Scheme, and Minister Halligan must come back with better proposals to help alleviate the stress and worry being felt by students and their parents,” concluded Moynihan.