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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293. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made on a post-primary school bus application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24263/19]

Photo of John HalliganJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent)
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School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of my 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.

A decision regarding the establishment of a new bus service to the school in question will be finalised when all applicants for the 2019/20 school year have submitted their payment details to Bus Éireann; the closing date for providing this information is 26th July 2019.

The terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme are applied equitably on a national basis.

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