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School transport fails another year of schoolchildren & families – Sherlock

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Cork East TD Seán Sherlock has criticised the do-nothing attitude of the Government on school transport as parents face into an other summer of uncertainty on school bus places around Cobh.

“Parents once more will have to wait until the last minute to find out if they are successful for the so-called concessionary seats on their local school bus route,” said Deputy Sherlock.

“The problem here is that these parents have already paid. The department now know the numbers that need transport. Yet they persevere with rigid contracts on bus sizes, rather than allowing a more flexible system emerge. It is not good enough for the Independent Alliance through Ministers Halligan and Ross – both of whom have transport portfolios – to say that parents know the risks associated with applying for a concessionary seat. The Department must ensure that parents and schoolchildren have certainty well before the first day of school. If this Government is to have any positive impact in this area, it must work with parents and schools to ensure there is an adequate school transport programme that caters to all needs.”

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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