Calls for smoking to be banned at school gates and bus stops
A Fine Gael senator has drafted proposals to extend the smoking ban to bus stops and outside the front gates of schools.
Senator Martin Conway's raft of proposals also include banning smoking outside railway stations, within 100 feet of the front gates of schools, outside community centres and in the general area of youth clubs.
“No parent with a child or pram should have to pass a group of people smoking when walking out the gate of the school," he told The Irish Sun.
Smoking was banned in restaurants, bars, education facilities and on public transport in 2004.
Senator Conway says that while this move was welcomed, "we still have some distance to go".
“We need a Private Members Bill that would ban smoking within a certain distance of schools, bus stops, hospitals and other community and voluntary facilities.
“I expect to have the Bill ready to go before the House after Easter. It is my Lenten penance.”