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‘Huge student population’ at Newmarket-on-Fergus school prompt calls for extension of roadside barriers

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An extension of safety barriers outside the grounds of Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire in Newmarket-on-Fergus has been sought.

Clare County Council have been encouraged by Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) to add additional safety barriers at the entrance of Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire in Newmarket-on-Fergus. He cited the safety of pupils as reason alone for such works to be completed and was seconded in his request by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).

Senior executive engineer, Aidan O’Rourke committed to examine whether the installation of additional barriers was possible at the location.

Cllr McMahon, speaking at the November meeting of the Shannon Municipal District referred to the “huge population” of the school. “It is alongside the soccer field which has 14 different teams to U8s to adult level and the grounds are used by teams all over Clare”.

McMahon continued, “What’s more important is the student population, it is a wide open road leaving and coming into the village of Newmarket-on-Fergus. It was also the main road before the bypass as you all know”. He noted that the “lollipop man” was not there to assist children crossing the road following after school classes or training sessions.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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