first_imgA Donegal-born professor is lobbying Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan over her Department’s handling of the school bus service in Urris on the Inishowen Peninsula.The Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Professor of Industrial Relations Jimmy Donaghey has written a strongly-worded letter to the Minister in which he says he is shocked and saddened by the Department of Education’s stance on the issue.And he challenges Minister O’Sullivan to take a ride in a 52 seater, tenth year old bus over the Mamore Gap! This is his letter in full which he has also sent to Donegal Daily. Dear Minister O’Sullivan,I am shocked and saddened to hear about the way in which the government is completely disregarding the needs and wishes of the people of Urris, Clonmany, Co.Donegal. Though now working in England, I am a native of Urris and frequently visit Urris. As you will know, parents of people from Urris are being given the choice of paying up to €650 to send their children to Carndonagh Community School or else send their children to School in Buncrana through the treacherous route over Mamore Gap. The route is completely inappropriate for bussing students to school- one side of the Gap is a corkscrew route, the other side is a 2km, steep gradient drop, only passable by cars going one way at a time. At Christmas when I was at home visiting my mother, a native of Urris who was married and living on the other side of the gap in Desertegney died and all the people from Urris attending the funeral had to go the longer route through Clonmany as the Gap was impassable due to frost. Many natives of Urris never use the road due to its nature. Are you prepared to risk the safety of school children going over a mountain road like this during winter? If an accident occurs, will you be willing to take responsibility for the welfare of these students? If this route is not used, then Carndonagh is much closer than Buncrana.However, this is not just a problem for the people of Urris but demonstrates a threat to life in rural Ireland being posed by the current government. Urris is one of the most economically deprived rural areas in Ireland. Historically, lower numbers from Urris go onto University than from local towns like Clonmany, Carndonagh and Moville. I realise you came from a different social background and attended a fee paying school, but as someone who completely depended on state support to go to School, I believe it is the duty of the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate the education of people from economically deprived areas, rather than placing hurdles in their path. I ask you to stop this nonsense and stop the anxiety your Department’s actions are causing for the parents and children of Urris. As Minister for Education and Skills, the buck stops with you. To blame Bus Eireann is nonsensical and hiding behind the cloak of bureaucracy: Dysfunctional bureaucracy is the fault of the ultimate designer, not the implementer. As a final point, if you refuse to stop this nonsense, you owe the people of Urris one thing- you should come to Urris with other government TDs and Senators and go over and back Mamore gap in a 52 seater coach of at least twenty years old to show that you believe the route is safe for the children of Urris.RegardsJimmy DonagheyProfessor of Industrial Relations,University of Warwick, CoventryCV4 7ALStudent of Carndonagh Community School, 1989-1994DONEGAL PROFESSOR CHALLENGES MINISTER TO TAKE A BUS RIDE OVER MAMORE GAP was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:InishowenMamore gapprofessorlast_img