Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (97)

Eugene Murphy

Ceist:

97. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the LocalLink transport service is available to transport primary and secondary school students to and from their destination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16979/19]

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 purpose of my Departments’ 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 (3.2km at primary and 4.8km at post-primary).  All children who are eligible for school transport and who complete the application process on time will be accommodated under the terms of the scheme in the 2019/2020 school year.   

The LocalLink transport service does not operate under the remit of my Department.