First day back at
school gridlock

Students starting their first day at secondary school in Portlaoise were faced with a frantic rush getting to school because of raodworks.

Parents dropping their daughters to Scoil Criost Ri had to take a detour as the council closed Colliers Lane for repair works.

One angry parent, who contacted the Leinster Express questioned who was responsible for scheduling the roadworks on the same day as the schools opened.

“Can they not use their heads?

“The same thing happened last year,” Marie said.

“My daughter started secondary school today and it was all people were talking about.

“Every mother was in shock.”

This is the third consecutive years that roadworks in the Borris Road/Colliers Lane area have coincided with the start of the new school year.

A senior council engineer, said “ideally” they would have liked to get the repairs to the road done last week.

“It’s a two day job. Our information was that the first years would be back on Tuesday, with the rest of the classes starting on Wednesday. Ideally we wanted this job done last week, but the contractor was not available,” Tom O’Carroll.

Mr O’Carroll said that new parents to the school would not be aware of the traffic problems they will experience until the Borris Road is completed.