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school bus pixabayA row about a school bus service in west Kerry is set to rumble on.

It follows a decision by a group of parents in Annascaul to reject an offer made by Bus Eireann.

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.

 

This issue came to the fore following a lottery by Bus Eireann for bus seats as there was more demand than seats available; it meant 17 students missed out and would have to pay the full fare on the public bus.

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

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

Bus Éireann has offered a special price to the children travelling between Annascaul and Tralee.

It’s proposed students would pay €20 per week to use the public bus service, rather than the current €32.

At a meeting in Annascaul Community Centre parents unanimously rejected this offer which they say is twice the cost of a school bus ticket.

They also are concerned that the offer is only for this year and doesn’t provide a long term solution.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Michael O’Shea is to appraoch all Kerry TDs and seek a meeting with Junior Minister John Halligan to discuss the matter.

The parents are planning to meet again in two weeks if the issue is not resolved in the meantime.