The education secretary was summoned to appear before the Dáil committee for a second time after declining the invitation over the school transport chaos

Education Secretary Norma Foley has been invited to appear again before the Dáil’s Education Committee after she declined an initial invitation to address the school transport chaos.

Hair of the Committee Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe told the minister he was “very disappointed” that she had not accepted an invitation to come before the committee.

TDs have reported being inundated with calls from constituents about school transportation due to delays in the allocation of school bus seats.

In July, Ms Foley announced that school transport fees would be waived for the coming school year, saving families around €500 a year.

Since then, over 8,000 children have applied for a seat on school buses.

However, there have been delays in delivering school bus tickets to parents.

Mr Kehoe has again invited the minister to appear before the education committee and in a letter to the minister he said “every effort” had been made to accommodate her.

“I was very disappointed that you did not accept the invitation to come before the joint committee and discuss school transportation issues,” he wrote.

“The committee secretary has endeavored to accommodate you by offering a range of alternative dates and times if you come before the committee.”

Mr Kehoe said other TDs and senators on the committee had also “expressed a similar disappointment”.

“We believe this is one of the single biggest issues to impact education in the last month and providing clarity is paramount.”

Bus Éireann said it had issued 121,000 school bus tickets from over 130,000 applications amid “unprecedented demand”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has admitted “real challenges” with school bus tickets.

A spokesman for the minister did not respond to a request for comment.

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