Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (235)

Michael McCarthy

Question:

235. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for concessionary school transport in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30626/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the terms of my Department's Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 3.2 kms from and are attending their nearest national school as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

Children who are not eligible for school transport may apply to Bus Éireann for transport on a concessionary basis subject to a number of conditions which are detailed in the scheme.

Where the number of applications for transport on a concessionary basis exceeds the number of spare seats available, Bus Éireann will determine the allocation of the tickets; this exercise, when needed, is normally carried out in the early weeks of August. In this regard, the family in question should continue to liaise with their local Bus Éireann office.