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School Transport

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 31 May 2011

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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Michael Moynihan

Ceist:

132 Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the school bus service for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13358/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Skills)

The changes to school transport services were announced in the 2011 Budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. These changes include the requirement that a minimum of 10 eligible pupils, residing in a distinct locality, will be required to retain or establish a school transport service from 2011/12 school year. As is currently the position, families of eligible pupils, for whom there is no school transport service available, may apply for the remote area grant towards the cost of making private transport arrangements. Decisions in relation to the retention or establishment of school transport services will be made when all applications for school transport, for the 2011/12 school year, have been received and assessed.

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