Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 03 October, 2007

Written Answers. - School Transport.

[1636] Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science if school transport will be provided for a number of school children (details supplied) in County Leitrim. [22098/07]

  Deputy Seán Haughey: In general, to be eligible for school transport pupils must reside 3.2 kilometres or more from, and be attending, their nearest primary school. My Department’s School Transport Section has forwarded the list of pupils, supplied by the Deputy, to Bus Éireann in order to determine their eligibility for school transport. My Department would advise the families concerned to liaise with the local Bus Éireann office regarding the outcome of their applications.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if transport will be provided for a student (details supplied) in County Mayo. [22112/07]

  Deputy Seán Haughey: Under the terms of the Primary School Transport Scheme, only eligible children qualify for free transport. In order to be eligible, children must live at least 3.2 kilometres from, and be attending their nearest national school. School transport for children with special educational needs is generally provided to the school nearest to the pupil’s residence in which resources can or may have been allocated to support the child’s educational needs. In view of the information supplied by the Deputy, my Department would advise the parents of the pupil concerned to liaise, in the first instance, with the local Special Education Needs Organiser. The question of school transport can then be considered.