Parent claims it’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed outside Killarney primary school

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It’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed outside a Killarney primary school.

That’s according to Declan Lynch, a parent of school-going children in Fossa National School; he spoke on behalf a deputation which addressed members of the Killarney Municipal District, seeking a controlled pedestrian crossing outside the school.

Fossa National School is a 267-student school on the N72 Killarney-Killorglin Road.

Parent Declan Lynch says the situation outside the school during drop-off and pick-up times is bedlam, with hundreds of vehicles-including two buses-all converging at once.

He adds parking is not the issue, however, crossing the road to a 56-space car park is putting the lives of children and staff at risk.

He adds that, unless works are undertaken outside the school, it’ll only be a matter of time before someone is injured or killed.

Councillor Maura Healy-Rae, who brought the motion, says a straight-forward task-that of dropping children to school-has now become a chaotic situation.

She asks will a child have to be knocked down before something is done.

Principal Pat Clifford says the school is in a “critical state”, considering its responsibilities to children with additional needs, and for nothing to be done is a damning indictment on all involved.

Area Engineer John Ahern says the council is not discriminating against any school, and he’ll engage with the school to forward a solution to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.