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Sinn Féin call for seatbelts on all buses

25 May, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has called for the immediate implementation of the Assembly committee report that called for seatbelts to be provided on all buses.

His comments come in the aftermath of the tragedy in County Meath were 5 school children tragically died in a road accident involving a school bus.

Mr McGuigan, who has constantly complained about the overcrowding of children on school buses to and from school said:

"If urgent action isn't taken then we will have a similar tragedy in the north. It is unacceptable that over one hundred children are allowed to travel to school on a fifty-seated bus with all their schoolbags, sports bags, hurling sticks and helmets. It is even more unacceptable that every child on a school bus is not provided with a seat belt."

"As both a parent and an elected representative, we want to know that when our children leave in the morning that they will get to and from school safely. The current British direct rule minister needs to act now. I would also encourage parents to insure that their children use seatbelts on buses were they already exist." ENDS

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