Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Department of Education and Science

School Transport

11:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick West, Fianna Fail)
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Question 487: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the review of school catchment boundaries in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7465/09]

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
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In 2005, it was decided that an interim transport arrangement would apply to some students from the Limerick City catchment area attending a post-primary centre in County Limerick pending the outcome of the Area Development Plan for Limerick City and its environs. In December, 2008, on completion of the Area Development Plan, a five year 'road map' for school buildings in Limerick City and environs was published.

The review of catchment boundaries in County Limerick will be considered in the context of this Plan and in the light of the outcome of the Value for Money Review of the School Transport Scheme including catchment boundaries. The Steering Committee to oversee the Value for Money Review of the School Transport Scheme has recently been established. This review of the School Transport Scheme, including catchment boundaries, is in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government. The review will be carried out as part of the 2009-2011 round of Value for Money Reviews recently approved by Government and, when completed, will be published and submitted to the Oireachtas Select Committee on Education and Science.


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