Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Gerry Adams has said that the persistent uncertainty surrounding the availability of funded transport for pupils starting at Ballymakenny College must be resolved as a matter of urgency.
Deputy Adams said,
“I have been petitioned by a number of parents whose children are due to start at Ballymakenny College on Friday 25th August.
“Right up until the last moment these parents were assured that transport would not be an issue due to the fact that the school’s ethos is unique in the area.
“We now have a situation where parents of a number of pupils are finding out that they may not be eligible for transport after all. This is obviously very stressful for everybody concerned and must be resolved.
“Parents have the option to select a school with a particular ethos and on these grounds I have asked the Minister of State, Damien English TD, to re-examine the status of those pupils deemed ineligible for transport by his Department.
“I am hopeful that Minister English will be able to assist in finding a satisfactory outcome to resolve this issue.”