Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (174)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

174. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for school transport for a pupil (details supplied) in County Cork; the steps he will take to ensure transport will be provided for the pupil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12317/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 child in question is eligible for school transport and Bus Éireann is currently sourcing an individual service to provide transport to and from school; they will liaise directly with the family in this regard.

In the meantime, the family may continue to avail of the Special Transport Grant towards the cost of making private transport arrangements.