Uncertainty over Tubbercurry school bus service example of ‘another blow to a rural area’

Parents in a south Sligo community say uncertainty over a school bus service in their area is yet another example of how rural Ireland is being treated.

About 50 people gathered in Bunninadden Community Centre last night to air their concerns over the future of the Bus Eireann school service to St Attracta’s Community School in Tubbercurry.

Bunninadden is mid way between Tubbercurry and Ballymote but a review of the school bus service has created fears for the future of the 40-year old service to Tubbercurry.

Parents insist they want to have a choice when it comes to sending their children to school.

Local Councillor in Bunninadden Margaret Gormley spoke of the services already lost in the area.

She says it’s an overall issue that has to be dealt with by rural politicians coming together at national level:

Meanwhile, there were also complaints about how rural areas are being treated when it comes to notifying them about proposed changes in their areas.

People at last night’s meeting in Bunninadden were unhappy over the way Bus Eireann has been communicating with parents in relation to the school transport issue.

One parent, Belinda Molloy, told Ocean Fm News how she first she heard there was the issue with the bus service: