Taxi school run for two foster children costs €2,000 per month
THE HSE is spending almost €2,000 a month for taxi transfers just to ensure two children in foster care can attend school.
The children undertake a daily round trip of almost 150km to go to school by taxi.
The school is located in the town where the children were born and raised but they are currently in temporary foster accommodation in another town 70km away.
The Irish Independent understands that the decision to sanction the taxi transfer was made on the basis of minimising the disruption to the lives of the two children involved.
No direct school bus route is available.
Both are said to be extremely vulnerable.
Care workers also judged that it was important to ensure the children retain normal contacts with friends and their school.
Under strict childcare regulations, the location of the two Munster towns involved cannot be specified.
The HSE stressed it cannot comment on individual cases.
"The following would apply in general – when children are placed in foster care every effort is made to maintain their links with community, school, family etc where appropriate," a spokesperson said.
It is understood that the current school taxi arrangement is a temporary arrangement.
It is hoped that foster care can be arranged closer to the children's home town.