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.
On an annual basis, Bus Éireann provides my Department with an independent auditor's report on the Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme Statement of Account.
The 2015 report is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. The 2016 and 2017 reports will be published on my Department's website shortly.