Road safety measures needed outside Gaelscoil Ui Earcain to keep children safe – Councillor Carney Boud
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has expressed concern at risks posed to children walking to Gaelscoil Ui Earcain on the Glasonan road.
Yesterday, Cllr Carney Boud presented a motion to the council, in addition to a petition of 427 signatures of parents, teachers and residents, calling for the urgent installation of bollards at the school and for a traffic warden.
While the bollards have been recommended subject to funding, Cllr Carney Boud has criticised the council’s decision not to place a traffic warden outside the school at peak times.
Speaking on the issue Councillor Carney Boud said:
“At the moment the area around Gaelscoil Ui Earcain isn’t safe enough for children walking to school. Bollards are urgently needed to ensure the safety of children entering the school gates and I have asked that this be funded through the discretionary fund to speed up the process.
This is a bus route with heavy traffic passing the school at peak times and little or no parking available for dropping kids off - it's chaotic. If the school was to encourage a ‘walk to school’ programme it would ultimately put children's safety at risk, which is simply not acceptable. Bollards would help to alleviate the problem of cars parking at the entrance but a traffic warden is needed also.
Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud continued:
“The Council has said there are not sufficient numbers of children crossing the road to warrant a warden. I question this policy and ask the Council how many children does it think need to be a risk? I believe one child is too many and I am calling on the Council to review this policy which is clearly wrong when it comes to safety at schools. 427 parents, teachers and residents have signed a petition and they should not be ignored, the Council’s response to date has been poor.”