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Written Answers - School Transport

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 174.  Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the criteria that will be applied when evaluating the nearest school for members of minority faiths who apply for school transport from September 2012; if it will be the nearest school regardless of the patronage or the nearest school of the student’s faith; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6649/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciaran Cannon Zoom on Ciaran Cannon Children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 3.2kms, in the case of primary, and 4.8 kms in the case of post primary, from and are attending their nearest national school or education centre as determined by the Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

Ethos relates to religious ethos and is in the context of minority religions. Each application for transport will be assessed, taking into account the designation of individual school(s) in the area.

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