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Wednesday 23 April 2014

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DANGEROUS ROAD AT NAUL SCHOOL, SAY ANGRY PARENTS

SCHOOLCHILDREN'S lives are at risk unless immediate action is taken to improve road conditions outside a Fingal primary school, concerned parents have warned.

Two serious accidents have taken place outside Naul NS in the past month, with the last one taking place last Thursday as pupils were about to leave for the day.

A 48-year-old man lost control of his Toyota Avensis and flipped the car while rounding a notoriously dangerous 90-degree bend near Naul NS, according to gardaí. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital with minor injuries. A Fingal County Council spokeswoman said it was aware that there have been accidents in the area. The council plans to carry out a speed survey in the area and, in conjunction with gardaí, will consider further traffic calming measures. SCHOOLCHILDREN'S lives are at risk unless immediate action is taken to improve road conditions outside a Fingal primary school, concerned parents have warned.

Two serious accidents have taken place outside Naul National School in the past month, with the last one taking place as recently as last Thursday just as young children were about to leave for the day. Another serious accident took place in October, just before the mid-term break. Parents in the area have had enough and have demanded action from Fingal County Council, claiming that inaction could cost the lives of their children. Paul O'Boyle, the health and safety representative on the board of management, has accused the local authority of not taking the concerns of parents seriously. 'Naul National School and the local community have been working on making the school road safer for children for many years now. In the past month two very serious accidents have occurred directly outside the school.' He told the Fingal Independent that two cars had been written off and it was a miracle that nobody has been killed.

' The concerns of parents have not been taken seriously by Fingal County Council. We, as a community do not accept the excuses for poor road safety standards at our school.' He said parents were unwilling to allow the lives of their children to be the price paid for the council's indifference. ' We demand action now,' he said." Another parent, Anne-Marie Finlayson, said she witnessed a second crash on an October day at 2pm, again as the first group of pupils were leaving for the day. ' The car came around the corner hit the pavement and ended up in the middle of the road. We first of all got the driver out safely then we ourselves while we waited for police to arrive had to stop traffic before it became a pile up on the road.' She said that parents were alarmed and shocked at the situation and demanded urgent action to be taken. 'I have asked for speed bumps or rumble strips to be introduced to bring attention to the fact the school is around the blind bend. Apparently this battle with the council has been going on for over 13 years.

I have only moved to this area and am in total shock and despair as to what is not being done.' Fingal County Council said it was aware that there have been two recent road accidents near the school over recent weeks. The local authority now plans to carry out a speed survey in the area and in conjunction with information from the gardaí, will consider further traffic calming measures. 'We will undertake to reinstall the existing road markings in the area,' a spokesman said. 'We urge motorists to obey speed limits on all roads and to drive appropriately for the weather and road conditions.'

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