Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (140)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

140. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a reply will issue to representations made by this Deputy on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32525/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Due to the increased volume of administration work in relation to school transport provision generally, regrettably, it was not possible to deal with all representations. 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. Bus Éireann is responsible for the planning and timetabling of school transport routes. Bus Éireann endeavours, within available resources, to ensure that each eligible child has a reasonable level of school transport service in the context of the Scheme nationally. Where practicable, and subject to considerations of cost and logistics, routes are planned to avoid an eligible child having to travel more than 2.4 kms to or from a pick up/set down point. Bus Éireann has advised that the child in question can avail of a level of service within these guidelines. Parents are responsible for ensuring that children are brought safely to and collected safely from Bus Éireann designated pick up and set down points.