Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 02 November, 2005

Written Answers. - School Transport.

  530. Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare is not entitled to school transport from their residence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31531/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The pupil referred to in the details supplied by the Deputy is not attending the post-primary centre for the catchment area in which she resides. The pupil is availing of school transport from the catchment boundary of the centre being attended.

Under the terms of the post primary school transport scheme, a pupil is eligible for transport [445] is he or she resides 4.8 km or more from his or her local post-primary education centre, that is the centre serving the catchment area in which they live. In addition, an eligible pupil may be allowed the concession of transport, known as catchment boundary transport, to a centre other than his or her local centre, provided there is a seat on the bus to that centre after all eligible pupils have been catered for.