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Winter gritting at rural schools announcement welcome news - Doherty

11 December, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty, MLA has today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy MP, MLA that he has agreed to examine the Roads Service operational response to areas around schools, which are regularly affected by adverse weather conditions with immediate affect.

The Minister made the announcement in response to Mr Doherty who made representation to the Department earlier this week.

Welcoming the news, Mr Doherty said,

"I asked the Minister and his Departments Roads Service to ensure that schools located in rural areas remain accessible during inclement weather conditions such as that being experienced over recent days.

"Schools in West Tyrone have been particularly affected during this prolonged period of severe black and my office has been inundated with representations from parents and head teachers from throughout the constituency seeking me to make urgent representations to the Minister for action to be taken to address the issue.

"I welcome Minister Conor Murphy's quick response and pro-active approach to addressing this serious matter affecting many communities, but in particular those in rural areas at this time." ENDS

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