Written answers

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Department of Education and Skills

School Transport Applications

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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277. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a remote area grant will be processed for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24074/19]

Photo of John HalliganJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent)
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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.

Under the terms of the School Transport Scheme children are generally eligible for transport if they meet the distance criteria and are attending their nearest school.  

Children who are eligible for school transport but for whom no transport service is available may, following an application for transport within the prescribed time limits, receive a Remote Area Grant towards the cost of private transport arrangements.

In this regard the family should contact their local Bus Éireann office at 066 - 7164750 or School Transport Section of the Department at 057 - 9325466/67.

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