Parents hopeful after Minister Quinn praises “dignified” protest

Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, TD, praised the dignity of protesters he met yesterday at the opening of the new Finn Valley College in Stranorlar.

Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, TD, praised the dignity of protesters he met yesterday at the opening of the new Finn Valley College in Stranorlar.

The protest centres on parents’ opposition to a change in school transport policy that makes incoming secondary-school students eligible for transport to the school closest to their home. This means that some communities that traditionally sent their children to Stranorlar schools are now eligible for transport to Raphoe.

Finn Valley parents said they were hopeful, after the minister Minister said he would bring their concerns about changes to transport policy to the junior minister in charge of school transport.

Up to 40 Finn Valley parents and children were at the gates of Finn Valley College when Minister Quinn arrived on Friday to formally open the new school.

Donegal South West Deputy Dinny McGinley spoke with the protesters and promised that he would raise their concerns with Junior Minister Ciarán Cannon on Tuesday.

Minister Quinn praised the “very dignified and peaceful” protest, and said he would bring their concerns to Ciarán Cannon, TD, minister of state for school transport.

For more on this story see this Sunday’s Donegal On Sunday.