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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: School Transport Scheme

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Is my child eligible for the School Transport Scheme?

If they are between four and 12-years-old and living 3.2 kilometres or more from a primary school, or 4.8 kilometres or more for post-primary, they may qualify for transport to school.

The service is only provided where there are at least 10 eligible pupils in a distinct locality that can be economically serviced by a bus route. You do not have a legal entitlement to it.

Free transport is available to children with special needs to and from special schools and classes. If transport is not available a Special Transport Grant may be an option.

Where will the bus pick up my child?

Parents must bring their child to their nearest pick-up point. Generally, bus routes are arranged so that no pupil has more than 3.2 kilometres to travel to a pick-up point.

How much does it cost?

Primary school children: €100 per pupil, but not more than €150 per family
Post-primary school students: €350 per pupil, but not more than €500 per family
If you are eligible for school transport and you have a valid medical card, you are entitled to free school transport to your nearest school.

How do I find out about routes near me and when do I apply?

You can contact your local Bus Éireann school transport office to get information about timetables, pickup points and applications for transport grants.

Applications for the School Transport Scheme are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications close today (Friday April 29).

Read more about the School Transport Scheme on citizensinformation.ie or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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