Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (202)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

202. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education if a July provision school transport grant payment will issue to a person (details suppled); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29454/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of my Department.

In the 2019/2020 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 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 €219m in 2019.

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.

I am pleased to advise that the payment in respect of the transport costs incurred by the family referred to by the Deputy in privately transporting their child for Summer Provision 2020 was processed on 5th October 2020.