Thursday, 28 June 2007

Questions (221)

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

222 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties facing buses parking at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 20 as raised by this Deputy in 2006 and that a service to the school from Palmerstown is due to be pulled shortly as a result of a lack of pull-in space and the fact that the driver has no alternative but to park on double yellow lines; his views on requesting that An Garda Síochána do not enforce the law in relation to school buses at this location for a specified period pending the provision of an alternative solution with child safety in mind; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18244/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the premises referred to is located at a junction of two main roads, with a Dublin Bus stop located on the same stretch of roadway.

Local Garda management is aware of the difficulties experienced by all the stakeholders concerned, including local traffic and pedestrians as well as parents of local schoolchildren. A member of An Garda Síochána is regularly tasked with traffic enforcement at this location to assist in the smooth flow of traffic and ensure pedestrian safety. Arrangements are in place to facilitate school-buses parking at the school.

I am also informed that local Garda management through the School Liaison Programme and in conjunction with the Community Policing Unit will liaise with the parents and Board of Management of the school to ensure that appropriate arrangements are put in place in advance of the new school term.