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school bus pixabayParents of post-primary students in Annascaul attending school in Tralee have highlighted a number of issues surrounding school bus services.

Bus Éireann informed them the number of seats available on a scheduled service to Tralee, was less than the number of students.

Subsequently a lottery system was used to determine which students would have a seat in order to travel to secondary school in Tralee.
In recent years, students between Lougher Cross and Tralee used a bus service managed by Bus Éireann, run by a local operator, to attend school in Tralee.

Annascaul students were deemed concessionary by Bus Éireann as they reside closer to Castlegregory’s Méan Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh rather than post-primaries in Tralee.

There is however no direct bus service from Annascaul to Castlegregory.

Where the number of applications for school transport on a concessionary basis, exceeds the number of seats available, Bus Éireann determines the allocation of tickets at random.

This selection tool place and parents were notified accordingly.

This will see the cost of travel rise for some students, as Margaret Flannery, whose daughter attends school in Tralee explains:

 

Independent deputy Michael Healy-Rae says he’s contacted Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan, who’s told him he will look into the matter immediately.