Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Ciarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
To clarify, the children from the Clonlara area who are attending school in Killaloe will be allowed to complete their studies and to access school transport until such time as they complete their leaving certificate. If there are sufficient children from Clonlara in that situation, we are obliged to provide a transport service for them. Moreover, if seats are available on the service, the children who plan to commence study in Killaloe next September will have access to those concessionary seats. While this arrangement could not be described as an appeals process, it is certainly an opportunity for children who are beginning their education in Killaloe next year to avail of the service, where seats are available. The price of a concessionary ticket is the same as that of a standard ticket, so there is no added expense. I am confident this concessionary option will allow many children in locations throughout the State to continue to access transport to the school of their choice until such time as this existing cohort works its way through the school system.