Written Answers. - School Transport.

Seán Ryan

Question:

187 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on representations made by parents of second level students from Donabate, County Dublin, whose children are attending post primary schools in Malahide, Portmarnock and Baldoyle, for the provision of a bus service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19388/03]

Pupils from Portrane-Donabate areas reside in the Swords catchment area and are fully eligible for transport to the schools in Swords. Eligible pupils from these areas offering for transport to post-primary schools outside the Swords area are being facilitated with terms tickets for transport on the public scheduled service from the nearest point inside the catchment area to the next nearest centre. The availability of such transport is subject to the normal conditions of the transport scheme. My Department has no plans to depart from the terms of the school transport scheme in this case.