Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (219)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

219. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter regarding persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49016/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.  In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €200m in 2018. 

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.

Under the terms of the Primary School Transport Scheme, children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest primary school as determined by the Department of Education/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.  

A transport service has recently been sanctioned to the school referred to by the Deputy and Bus Éireann is in the process of establishing this service.  Bus Éireann will be in contact with families who have applied for transport in regard to arrangements.