School transport companies are to receive temporary emergency support worth more than € 5 million to ensure buses can continue to operate until the end of the academic year.

Coach firms warned recently that school transport for thousands of pupils was at risk because it was no longer commercially viable to run services due to the soaring cost of fuel.

It is understood that Minister for Education Norma Foley will announce today that a total cost of 5.3 million will be provided to address the impact of the increased cost of fuel for the first half of this year.

The contribution is being described as a “temporary measure” and will continue to be kept under review, as long as fuel prices remain high.

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