Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (206)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

206. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applicants for the school transport scheme on route from Drogheda, County Louth to a school (details supplied) over the past five years; and the number of applications refused school transport on the route over the past five years. [44314/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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

Bus Éireann has confirmed that the detail requested by the Deputy is as set out in the following table.

School Year

No. of applicants (Including rollover applicants)

No. of pupils that did not receive a ticket

No. of eligible pupils that did not receive a ticket (due to late payment)

No. of concessionary pupils that did not receive a ticket

2019/20

82

10

0

10

2018/19

78

23

1

22

2017/18

81

36

1

35

2016/17

74

19

0

19

2015/16

60

39

1

38