Thursday, 9 April 1964
Dáil Eireann Debate
Dr. Hillery: It was pretty long. It was to the effect that I am not empowered to subsidise transport to vocational schools and I have not any funds at my disposal to subsidise transport to secondary schools.
Mr. Gilhawley: I am not so much interested in vocational schools as I am in technical and secondary schools. Is the Minister aware that transport to schools is subsidised in Northern Ireland and in England and other countries? Is the Minister further aware of what has happened in my constituency, that there are children who are not getting equal opportunity of education due to transport difficulties, that CIE started a bus service leaving Ballina at 7.30 a.m. and arriving in Sligo at 10.30 a.m., which is too early for one school and the children are playing around; that the children arriving in Sligo miss one class or two classes depending on the school they are attending? I should like the Minister to say if he is prepared to accept the principle that  every child in this country is entitled to equal opportunity of education. That is not operative in my constituency.
Dr. Hillery: The provision of transport is very much a part of the plan for providing opportunities for education in comprehensive schools in these areas where a wide catchment area would have to be used to warrant the provision of any school. So, it is not ruled out altogether.
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