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Bus Éireann has made a new offer to a number of Annascaul students in a controversy over access to school bus transport.

In recent years, students between Lougher Cross and Tralee used a bus service run by a local operator on behalf of Bus Eireann, to attend secondary school in the county town.

They received concessionary bus tickets as they live closer to the secondary school in Castlegregory.

This year, a lottery system was used to determine which Annascaul students would get seats on the bus to Tralee as there were more pupils than seats available.

Seventeen students lost out in the lottery and had to pay the full fare on the public bus service.

Now Bus Éireann has proposed a special price of €15 per week to the children travelling between Annascaul and Tralee as opposed to the original price of €32 .

Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy Rae says that the price will still be exorbitant for people who have a number of students travelling on the bus but it is a step in the right direction.