Ramp needed for safety at Raheen National School

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Ramp needed for safety at Raheen National School

Cllr John Joe Fennelly has called for safety measures outside Raheen National School.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, he proposed a motion calling for ramps or rumble strips to be installed, and for the council to mark a designated walkway from the church car park to the school.

He told the meeting that there’s a creche across the road from the school and the two buildings are on a hill.

“I was hoping we could apply for special funding for rural areas, this is an ideal opportunity for us, above all at schools,” he said.

Seconding the motion, Cllr Willie Aird said there was a lot of traffic on the road and a blind corner, however he asked that the council not install a rumble strip by the nearby cemetery.

Cllr Mary Sweeney opined that perhaps the municipal district should be considering devising a policy on road safety at schools, and mentioned that the school in her own village of Ballyroan needed a footpath.

Director of services, Kieran Kehoe said that a policy paper on traffic calming at schools had already gone to the SPC and a submission had been made for funding.

He said that hopefully under next year’s scheme the policy could be implemented.

In a written response to Cllr Fennelly from Farhan Nasiem, acting senior executive engineer, it was said that road design will examine existing safety measures at the national school in order to assess them.

If additional measures are required a report will be prepared, concluded Mr Nasiem's reply.