Government says changes to school transport system will not be reversed

Charlie McConalogue 1The Junior Education Minister has told the Dail that the government will not be introducing an appeals mechanism against changes to the school transport scheme, which it's claimed will see pupils from the Urris area forced to relocate from Carndonagh to Buncrana.

The change, which sees a new system of calculating distances, was brought in by Bus Eireann, which operates the scheme on behalf of the Department of Education.

In the Dail this morning, Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue said this is creating problems, particularly in Inishowen.............

However, Junior Minister Damien English said the new system is fair, and will not be changed.

He accused Deputy Mc Conalogue of trying to make this a political issue, when it was his party which introduced the change in the first place.............