Bus Éireann cancels school bus services due to Ophelia

Predicted wind map of Ireland for 6pm on Monday

School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann in Galway will not operate on Monday due to Met Éireann’s Status Red weather warning for ex-Hurricane Ophelia.
A statement reads: “Parents, schools and school management bodies have previously been advised of this policy – adopted in 2015 – to ensure school children are not endangered in any way.
“This decision is guided by Met Éireann’s Status Red weather warning, which advises that ‘action is taken’ to protect against the possible effects of severe weather.
“Many of the 116,000 children who use the School Transport Scheme daily across Ireland make their way to pick up points to board the bus, on minor roads, and could therefore be exposed to severe elements.
“Bus Éireann want to eliminate any risk this might result in.
We are aware this decision may cause inconvenience, but safety of schoolchildren is our number one priority. Please see www.buseireann.ie/RedAlert for further details.
“Schools will make their own decisions on whether to open or remain closed, but School Transport Scheme services will not operate in – or into – areas affected by Status Red.”