School warden appointment ‘a matter of life or death’

Karen Hayes, principal Bunscoil na Toirbhirte pictured with Heather Barrett, chairperson parents council, and Clodagh, Saoirse and Sive Barrett at the pedestrian crossing outside the school. (Picture: Jamie O’Flaherty)

Fears are mounting that lives will be lost at a Mitchelstown primary school that urgently needs to employ a school traffic warden.

Pupils, staff and parents continue to be horrified by near misses outside Bunscoil na Toirbhirte as they wait for the traffic warden post to be filled.

In recent months a child at the school escaped serious injury when a driver reversed their car and hit the child’s wheeled schoolbag and on another occasion, a pregnant mother was hit by a car and was left badly shaken.

After six years of campaigning for a traffic warden at Bunscoil na Toirbhirte, Cork County Council approved funding for the post in June.

The post however has still not been filled and there are concerns that the funding could be lost to Charleville to fill a traffic warden post there.

Kayren Hayes, principal of Bunscoil na Toirbhirte, said the school’s parents council have been campaigning for a school warden for over six years and the appointment is now ‘a matter of life or death’.

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