Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (247)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

247. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure free school transport will be provided to students whose school (details supplied) in County Kerry is closing at the end of this academic year and will be moving to a new school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21117/14]

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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.

These eligibility criteria are applied equitably on a national basis to all children attending a national school including children who are attending a school of amalgamation.Children who are eligible for school transport and who hold valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) are exempt from paying the annual charge.