Families have been reminded that the closing date for new applications for school transport is today, 28 April.
Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, reminded those who wish to apply for school transport services for the first time to register before the closing date.
The Bus Éireann family portal is currently open for new applications for school transport services for the 2023 / 2024 school year.
New applicants include pupils who will be attending junior infants in primary school or first year in post-primary school for the first time in 2023.
Pupils that may move home address or who will be attending a new school in the 2023 / 2024 school year are also considered new applicants.
Minister Rabbitte said that Minister Norma Foley secured vital funding to ensure school transport costs are dramatically reduced for the coming school year.
“For a primary school student that fee is capped at just €50 per ticket and at €75 for a post primary school student,” said the Galway East TD.
“The maximum amount any family will pay on school transport for the school year is €125 a potential saving of up to €500. I would encourage all families who intend to make new applications in respect of their children to register before 28 April to ensure they receive their ticket, where eligible.”
She said that the issue of school transport is one that crops up every year and can be stressful for families around Galway so it’s important to get those applications in, which will avoid issues over the summer.
“Families can now apply online through the Bus Éireann family portal at buseireann.ie.”
Any new applications made after today will be considered late applications and families will not be guaranteed a seat.