Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (277)

Jack Chambers

Question:

277. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a response will issue to a query (details supplied) raised with the school transport section of his Department and Bus Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12726/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

There are currently over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.

The child in question is eligible for school transport under the terms of my Department's School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs.

Bus Éireann has advised that the child in question is currently availing of a school transport service.

I have requested Bus Éireann to liaise directly with the family regarding the issues raised in relation to this service.