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Doherty calls for role out of school bus shelters throughout the state

31 January, 2008 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Senator Pearse Doherty, speaking after a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee today has called on the Department of Education to role out the provision of bus shelters at pick up points for school children throughout the state.

The Donegal Senator said, "Many thousands of schoolchildren throughout the state, particularly in rural areas, have to wait for school buses with no shelter, in many cases for a significant amount of time. This often leads to school children, particularly in the winter months, arriving to school cold and wet. This in turn has a detrimental affect not just to children's health but also to their concentration levels and their ability to learn.

"At present the Department of the Environment in the Six Counties has a contract with Adshell to provide 15,000 bus shelters. Adshell erect and maintain the shelters at no cost to the tax-payer. They recoup their costs and make massive profits through the sale advertising.

"I would propose a similar type project in this State. However, instead of providing a private company with a ready made money making operation I would propose that the State takes on the project, erects the shelters, sells the advertising and puts the profits into the provision of a top quality public transport infrastructure." ENDS

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