School bus route for Ballyholland Primary School ‘will be saved’

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Monday, June 11th, 2018

Sinn Fein MLA Sinéad Ennis and Crotlieve Councillor Oksana McMahon along with Ballyholland School Principal Colum McAteer have met with the Education Authority’s Assistant Director Dale Hanna and Transport Manager Gary Scullion.

The meeting was to speak about transport for new pupils who will be attending Ballyholland Primary School this school year.



Earlier this month parents of P1’s living in the Ballyholland area had their transport applications refused which caused huge anxiety and confusion for parents.

Speaking to Newry Times, Sinéad Ennis said, “This is the second time in 12 months that we have had to fight this decision by the Education Authority to withdraw school transports to new P.1 pupils.

“We are glad that we have had another positive outcome but parents and the school community need to see a long-term solution to this issue.”



Cllr Oksana McMahon continued, “Following today’s meeting we are delighted to announce that transport will be provided for P1 pupils living in Ballyholland area.

“The EA will be writing to parents in the coming days to inform them of this decision.



“Sinn Féin will continue to work closely with parents, school, and EA to resolve this very important issue for Ballyholland community.

She added “We hope this good news will allow parents and pupils to enjoy their summer break.”



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