Public Meeting Hears Anger From Parents At Lack Of School Bus Seats

Over 30 people were in attendance.

Parents expressed anger at a lack of school bus places during a public meeting in the midlands last night.

Over 30 people attended the gathering at Emo Community Centre, in relation to seven students in Emo and the Rock who are without a seat on the bus to Mountmellick Community School for this school term.

The route was only re-instated last year, thanks to campaigning from the local Parents' Group - representative Paula Crowley says says they're now seeking a bigger bus to keep up with demand.

Caroline Treacy's son Jack is one of those without a seat - she says parents are stressed:

The lack of school bus places for midlands children will be raised with the Education Minister.

Seven pupils in Emo and The Rock are without a seat on the Mountmellick Community School route, as the bus is full.

A public meeting regarding the issue was held in Emo Community Centre last night, with over 30 people in attendance.

Laois Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming says a number of appeals have already been made to the Department of Transport, and he'll discuss the issue with Education Minister Norma Foley:

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