Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (176)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

176. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education the number of applicants eligible for school transport who have not yet secured a place on a bus due to late payment of fees by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3040/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the current school year over 113,100 children, including over 14,500 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €224.7m in 2020.

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.

Bus Éireann has confirmed the number of eligible pupils by county who applied late for school transport and have not yet secured a place on a service and these figures are provided in the attached document. Please note that the figures are at a given point in time and are subject to change as Bus Éireann continue to offer tickets where capacity may exist.

The number of applications by children eligible for school transport who have not yet secured a place on a bus due to late payment of fees by county in tabular form:

County

Nos.

Carlow

29

Cavan

100

Clare

48

Cork

176

Donegal

199

Dublin

29

Galway

187

Kerry

27

Kildare

65

Kilkenny

34

Laois

2

Leitrim

32

Limerick

111

Longford

36

Louth

40

Mayo

131

Meath

38

Monaghan

66

Offaly

31

Roscommon

42

Sligo

26

Tipperary

113

Waterford

40

Westmeath

54

Wexford

60

Wicklow

42

Grand Total

1758