Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (573)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

573. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school transport appeals lodged to date in 2019 in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33612/19]

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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 School Transport Appeals Board is independent of my Department. Under the terms of reference of the Board, the Board determines appeals against decisions made by, or on behalf of, the Department of Education and Skills regarding the provision of school transport services and/or grant-aid under the terms of the School Transport Schemes.

I can advise that a total of three appeals were lodged to date for the 2019 school year for schools in the counties referred to by the Deputy.