Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (80)

Robert Troy

Question:

80. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if school transport will be made available in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath. [21701/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Children with special educational needs are eligible for free school transport if they are attending the nearest recognised: mainstream school, special class/special school or a unit, that is or can be resourced, to meet their special educational needs under Department of Education and Skills' criteria. Bus Éireann operates the scheme on behalf of my Department and is responsible for the establishing and timetabling of school transport services. Children who are eligible for school transport but for whom no service is available may be offered a Special Transport Grant towards the cost of private transport arrangements. However, my Department has not as yet received an application for school transport for the 2014/15 school year on behalf of the child in question.