As Fr Dougal Maguire might say, ‘That’s mad Ted’, but it appears that even saying another mass won’t solve a transport problem for one Ballivor mother.

Marie Devine’s son James travels on a 16-seater bus each morning from their home in Ballivor to Clocha Rince National School in Clogherinkoe, Co. Kildare due to his special educational needs.

She then has to drive behind the bus with his twin brother Michael to the SAME school, as the Department of Education will not allow him sit in one of the vacant seats.

The mother of three also drops her eldest son Henri to Boyne community School in Trim – which sees her undertake a 400km round trip every week.

She told LMF’s Michael Reade Show this morning, there’s enough space on the bus to allow her twin sons to travel together.

‘We’ve been fighting this for two years now, the application for a seat for my son Michael, who is the child that I drive, has been rejected as he doesn’t have a need he is not entitled to travel on the bus.

‘It has even been confirmed by the Ombudsman’s children’s officer that there is space on the sixteen seater bus but the Department Of Education still continues to refuse the application.’