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Two Catholic pupils refused permission to use State-funded school bus

Two Catholic pupils refused permission to use State-funded school bus

Author: Karl Hanlon
Publication: Irish Independent
Date: August 23, 2006
URL: http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1675003&issue_id=14538

The mother of two Catholic pupils refused permission to use aState-funded school bus has stepped up her fight ahead of her children'sreturn to school next week.

A solicitor acting for Mrs Bernadette Gleeson has now advised legalcounsel to draft appropriate proceedings for a judicial review.

Solicitor, John Devane, confirmed his client had received no response to an ultimatum threatening legal proceedings that was issued to the CEO of Limerick City VEC, Deirdre Frawley.

Last week, Mr Devane issued notice to Deirdre Frawley, CEO of Limerick City VEC, that he would begin legal proceedings if Mrs Gleeson's children were not allowed access to the service.

The controversy began earlier this month when it emerged that the Gleeson children were not entitled to use the special bus service to their predominantly Protestant secondary school, Villiers on Limerick's North Circular Road.

A letter from the VEC at the time stated: "Villiers School is a school under Protestant management and only children of Protestant denominations have an entitlement to transport on the special Villiers School bus service."

"We feel very strongly that we should never have been put in this situation. We won't accept a temporary or patch-up solution to this because we believe the whole system needs to be reviewed," said Mrs Gleeson.

Meanwhile, Ms Frawley has stood over the letter she sent to the Gleeson family.

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