Warden re-instated after pupil hit by car

by Gazette Reporter
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A DUBLIN 15 school community is delighted to have its traffic warden returned to the busy road outside their school where one student was recently knocked down.

Pupils at Scoil Choilm Community National School, Porterstown, safely crossed that road this week with the help of a new school traffic warden.

The warden was put in place by Fingal County Council on Wednesday, June 5, just weeks before the school was set to break for the summer holidays.

Recently, the school’s principal, Treasa Lowe, called on the council to re-instate the traffic warden for the school, which was removed when new pedestrian lights were installed at the new Porterstown Link Road.

Her calls came after an accident where one pupil was hit by a car at the pedestrian lights.

At the time, she argued that other schools in the area had traffic wardens at pedestrian lights, yet she was told that their school warden was removed because new pedestrian lights were installed following the opening of the Porterstown Link Road.

However, the school was delighted this week to see the traffic warden return to the road at the site where hundreds of children attend the primary school.

Speaking to the Gazette, principal Lowe said: “We got our lollipop lady back. It is great news and we are thrilled about it.

“The council were really very helpful in the end. We have been assured that it will continue next year and so on,” she said.

The big worry for the school and the local community was that from September, Luttrellstown Community College, a secondary school, will move to their new state-of-the-art premises at the site where Scoil Choilm is located, bringing hundreds more pupils to the campus but no warden.

“That was our worry, there will be so many children coming onto the campus,” she said.

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