Fitz slams school transport ‘chaos’

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has taken aim at the Ministers for Education and Transport for what he described as the “chaos” around school transport, just weeks ahead of the return of students to schools across the country.

Deputy Fitzmaurice called on Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, calling on them to intervene on concessionary school bus tickets.

“Children are literally being left on the side of the road as a result of yet another monumental failure of government policy,” he said this week, claiming his office had been inundated with requests from parents.

“Minister Ryan has been waging a war on carbon emissions for years, yet when he has it well within his power to make a massive impact and actually make the lives of ordinary people easier, he is failing to do so,” he added.

“I have to ask: does the Minister wish to continue the trend of every mammy and daddy in the country lining up in their cars outside schools twice a day or does he want to do the right thing?”

Describing school transport as the “low hanging fruit” when it came to tackling carbon emissions, Deputy Fitzmaurice said it was “baffling” that there was no forward planning in relation to demand for concessionary tickets.

“If the Ministers with responsibility are not fit to sort this problem out, Taoiseach Micheál Martin must intervene immediately. It’s nothing short of a disgrace that families that went through the correct process and made their applications in good time are being told with two weeks to go that there’s no room on the bus,” he concluded.