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School Transport

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 7 April 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Questions (47)

John Paul Phelan


47 Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue in relation to the abolition of catchment areas for the school bus routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7140/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

Changes to school transport services were announced in the 2011 budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. From the 2012/13 school year, the use of the catchment boundary system will cease and school transport eligibility for all new children entering post-primary education will be determined by the distance they reside from their nearest post-primary centre or school.