Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (227)

Niall Collins


227. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the waiting time to have an appeal by persons (details supplied) heard by the student transport appeal board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37508/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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

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.

In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €200m in 2018.

An appeal was lodged with the School Transport Appeals Board on the 13th August 2019.

The Board has requested School Transport Section to provide a report in accordance with the terms of the Board’s Operating Procedures. When received, the Board will liaise directly with the family regarding the appeal date and their subsequent deliberations.