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‘Seeing children standing in the rain is sad’ – Councillor calls for bus shelter in Laois village


A Laois County Councillor has requested that a bus shelter be erected at Sean Doire in Durrow.

At a recent meeting of the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District, Independent Cllr Ollie Clooney made the case for one.

He said: “There are 22 new houses being built near the shelter with more people using the bus stop.

“The winter won’t be long coming and to see children standing there in the rain is sad.

“I have spoken about this before and I’d like something to be done about this as soon as possible.

“There is nothing as bad as a cold wet morning, without children having to stand in it and being wet sitting in school.

“We have the Green Party in Government now and they are good at talking out of both sides of their mouth.

“We can’t really bring politics into it but how can they ask people to take public transport when they’re going to get wringing wet waiting for the bus because there is no infrastructure.”

Cllr Clooney received support from fellow Independent Councillor James Kelly – who wished to see shelters throughout the electoral area.

He said: “I’ve been here a couple of years now and I’ve been asked about bus shelters in Borris in Ossory, Castletown, Mountrath and so on.

“The standard level answer is telling us that its within the budget, but I’ve been campaigning for bus shelters for the last six-seven years and I still don’t see any.

“Particularly on Patrick Street in Mountrath, seeing people standing in the rain waiting for their bus is a joke.

“I wish you very well with your notice of motion, but you would want to be fighting hard for it.”

In response to the Councillors, engineer Farhan Nasiem, said the Roads Design section would review this location to determine the most appropriate solution.

He said: “The site will be assessed and an application will be submitted to the NTA for funding subject to the location meeting the necessary criteria (minimum criteria of services per day) for the provision of bus shelters.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.