Parents may take fight for bus to Dáil

The parent of a Finn Valley College student said parents will “fight this as far as we can take it”, following a Department of Education and Skills decision not to fund a shuttle bus for the school.

The parent of a Finn Valley College student said parents will “fight this as far as we can take it”, following a Department of Education and Skills decision not to fund a shuttle bus for the school.

“If that means we have to go to Dáil Éireann, we’ll do that,” said the parent of a child who takes Bus Éireann transport to school.

Parents are inviting local councillors and Oireachtas members to a meeting they are planning to have tomorrow (Friday) week at a location to be determined.

“We are appealing for all parents who have children who travel by bus to come to it,” the parent said. “We want politicians and we want parents.”

Since before the start of the school year, parents have expressed displeasure with the plan to have the Bus Éireann service leave students at a drop-off point on Railway Road, six-tenths of a mile from the new school.

Parents and local councillors had suggested a shuttle bus could transport the students between the two points. But the department rejected a Donegal Vocational Education Committee application for 10,000 euro to fund the service, and the department more recently rejected the VEC’s appeal of that original decision.

The parent said that the children’s walk between the school and the drop-off and collection point “are a disaster, if it’s wet. They’re sitting in wet clothes all day.” She said there have also been incidents where children have been pushed from the curb into the road as they are walking.

More than 130 children are believed to travel to the school on a Bus Éireann service.