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Feely slams EA over removal of concessionary passes

Published: 28 August, 2018

Sinn Féin Councillor for Erne North, John Feely, has hit out at the EA over the withdrawal of concessionary passes for school children travelling to St Mary's School.

Councillor Feely said,

'Parents in the Belleek area received letters last Saturday morning stating that concessionary passes that their children had in previous years are being withdrawn. St Mary's High School has been under attack from the CCMS for the past decade and it would seem the EA are now joining in.

'To send these letters out over a bank holiday weekend, one week before the new school term begins, is a disgrace. Due to this timing, parents had to wait until Tuesday to get answers from the EA.

'Brollagh School is situated in a rural location. It is impossible to travel on foot or bicycle to it from Belleek, especially during the winter months. The EA are fully aware of this as well as the fact that there is no public transport provision in the area.

'Whilst speaking to the EA on Tuesday, they claimed to be unaware of safety issues around the Brollagh Road. This is incredulous as every time a parent or elected rep has contacted them over the last number of years we have stated this.

'I have contacted the CEO of the Education Authority and the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Education to highlight the concerns of the community and called on them to reverse this decision that this decision.' - Ends/Críoch