The South East Education and Library Board are refusing to allow Irish speaking children in Ardglass and Killough to use the yellow bus network to take children to school in Downpatrick.
I spoke to the headmaster at Downpatrick Primary School, and he had no objection to the yellow bus service being shared if the SEELB make sure that there are seats for all. I had a similar case with Irish speaking secondary school students from Ballyhornan and Downpatrick being refused transport that I took to the High Court and won with the help of their school.
Parents were shocked when the SEELB transport spokesperson them that SEELB were ignoring the High Court, and I am now bringing this to the attention of the Ombudsman with help from Unionist MLA John McCallister as sponsor.
Johns role in sponsoring this complaint demonstrates once again why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the community – putting people first no matter who or what they are.