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A campaign about school bus services in west Kerry is stepping up a gear.

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A public meeting is being held this week in a bid to resolve the matter.

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

Annascaul students were deemed concessionary by Bus Éireann as they live closer to the secondary school in Castlegregory rather than post-primaries in Tralee.

A lottery system was used to determine which students would get seats on the bus as there were more students than seats available.

Seventeen children missed out in this lottery and have to pay the full fare on the public bus.

Parents of the children affected are holding a public meeting this evening (Tuesday) in Annascaul Community Centre in a bid to come up with a solution.

They want the children to be allowed to either travel on the public bus or for Bus Eireann to provide a larger capacity school bus.

Among those in attendance will be Deputy Brendan Griffin and Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Michael O’Shea.