Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (234)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

234. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children that applied for a school bus from Quin to Tulla, County Clare; the number refused the service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21391/19]

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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 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. 

Children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest school as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

Children who are eligible for school transport and who complete the application process on time will be accommodated on school transport services where such services are in operation for the 2019/20 school year. 

Bus Éireann is currently considering applications for the 2019/20 school year. 

The terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme are applied equitably on a national basis.