Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (429)

Michael Healy-Rae


429. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding can be provided for sustaining small schools schemes for a bus service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19394/19]

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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 purpose of my Department's Primary School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school. In general, children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest national school.

All children who are eligible for school transport and who complete the application process on time will be accommodated under the terms of my Department's School Transport Scheme for the 2019/20 school year.