‘It just seems to be an area where people bring their gripes to solve’

Following protestations from the parents of secondary school students in Mitchelstown, St Fanahan’s College and Bus Éireann have rowed back from plans to move the school bus stop for students in the afternoons away from the front of the school and across town to George’s Street.

The school had made the decision to move the bus stop following recent incidents of fighting at the bus lay-by area, though the proposal proved unpopular for many parents.

Instead, the normal practise of buses’ collecting students from the bus area outside St Fanahan’s College will continue, albeit with increased supervision by staff of the three local secondary schools and An Garda Síochána.

Parents were last month informed of the change of collection point in the afternoons, due to commence last Monday, October 3rd, after being contacted by the principal of St Fanahan’s College, Edward Cronin who expressed grave concern at recent incidents that have occurred in the bus pick-up area.

In communication with concerned parents, many of who were opposed to the change of location, citing inconvenience and the distance students must walk in the evenings, regardless of the weather or the weight of their school bags to be brought home from school.

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