The School Transport Scheme will now provide transport for eligible students who are attending their second nearest school.
Galway senator Seán Kyne said that this is a significant change which allows students to attend the school of their choice by availing of school transport – even if it is not their nearest school.
Senator Kyne said that he has come across many students for whom it made complete sense to attend a school which was marginally further away than their nearest school, but because of the rules they couldn’t get transport.
“I have been in contact with the Department of Education on many occasions in recent years on the issue and I welcome this result from the Review Committee on School Transport,” said Senator Kyne.
The change means that around 1,800 post-primary pupils can avail of school transport who would not normally be able to do so.