New safety measures for two Tullamore Schools

SAFETY measures have been approved for both Durrow and St Philomena’s national schools.

SAFETY measures have been approved for both Durrow and St Philomena’s national schools.

Chairperson of Tullamore Area Committee, Cllr. Sinead Dooley has welcomed proposals by council engineers to proceed with road safety measures at the two national schools.

“Parent’s Associations in the area have been in contact with me in the past with regard to safety issues around school opening and closing times in various schools in the area and a new committee was set up recently comprising of representatives of school’s parent’s associations and local public representatives and work is on-going with the Gardai to monitor the situation and address some of the issues. I am pleased to advise that safety measures have been approved for both St Philomena’s School and Durrow NS and work is due to commence on both. Tullamore Town Council are providing a pedestrian crossing at St Philomena’s with the relevant signage and road markings and in Durrow, parents have requested the provision of a bus set-down area outside the school to facilitate safe drop-offs for children and the Council are currently in discussion with the school to put this in place.”

Cllr Dooley concluded by saying “these measures will only assist in keeping our children safe, if parents and guardians adhere to the basic rules of the road when dropping off and collecting their children from school. I urge parents to be more vigilant around schools when traffic is at its worst. School authorities, councils and parent’s associations can only do so much, each parent has a responsibility for the safety of their children, and I ask all parents to take an extra couple of minutes each day to deliver their children safely, after all it is the most important job anyone can do.”