Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Order of Business
As the school transport year is fast approaching, there are many concerned parents. Deputies of all sides of the House raised the issue and a commission was set up to look at the overall picture. I am very worried because I understand the commission, while it is looking at this, is proposing no change. I have a three-classroom school in a village that the Taoiseach passes through regularly and, because of the regulation that was introduced in 1967 in regard to the distance of two miles that a pupil must live from a national school, unfortunately, this school will lose a teacher this year. An overall look at what is happening in school transport needs to be taken immediately.