Safety concerns raised for children travelling to new Educate Together school

Fianna Fail Councillor Catherine Slattery with Fianna Fail TD Willie O'Dea.

SAFETY concerns have been raised locally over the lack of infrastructure in place for children getting to and from the new Educate Together school on the Groody Road in Castletroy.

Fianna Fáil councillor Catherine Slattery, who has raised the issue with the Council, told the Limerick Post that parents are very worried about their children walking to school.

“Children from the areas of Childers Road, Castletroy, St Patrick’s Road and surrounding areas are attending this school and it is very dangerous at the moment with no traffic management in place or a safe walkway,” she claimed.

The City East representative went on to say that she has been advised by the Council that they are in touch with the school regarding parking issues and a traffic management plan is being discussed.

“In relation to footpaths in the area, a cycle lane and a footpath are planned for the area. But, as a temporary safety measure, the Council are currently looking at options as a priority such as a temporary footpath linked up with the existing footpath outside the new housing estate, Amharc Muileann, that will run for about 500 meters and turn to the right to link up with the Educate Together school.

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“I am delighted with this news as safety for our children is a major priority. Myself and Willie O’Dea are campaigning for a number of years for a traffic management plan in this area and will continue to monitor the situation,” she added.