Following last weeks successful protest march by parents and pupils, who walked from Ballivor to Trim in a row over a lack of school bus places for students travelling from the village to schools in the town, Bus Eireann have agreed to put the route out to tender and are actively seeking a coach operator to service the area.

Speaking to Ken Murray on LMFM this morning Meath West TD, Peadar Toibín, who took part in the 17 mile hike, revealed, ‘Bus Eireann have agreed to put a tender in place for someone to operate the service.

‘It comes down to people power and I have always argued that big business and indeed government will react to feet on the street.’

However one of the protest organisers, Lilian Lee, told Meath Live there are still questions to be answered.

She said, ‘Of course it is good that Bus Eireann have reacted positively but the thing we need to know is how long does this tendering process last, is it going to take three weeks or three months or even three years before we see a coach on the road.

‘The first day we see our sons and daughters on a bus taking them to school is when the flag of war comes down and we release the doves of peace.’