Loughanure community stands with school pupils and parents in calling for footpath.

‘Our main concern is the safety of the children,’ a member of the parents association said.

Carolyn Farrar

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Loughanure community stands with school pupils and parents in calling for footpath.

A sign from this morning's protest.

Loughanure school pupils, parents and area residents lined the road to the local national school this morning to call for a footpath on the road to be reinstalled.
The footpath was removed earlier this year, when the last section of a five-year programme of works on the Glen Road was completed. County councillors said they are seeking funding to return a footpath to the road but there are no funds available at the moment.
In the meantime, a solid yellow line has been applied along the side of the road, marking off a path for walkers.
But parents at this morning’s action, which was organised by the school’s parents committee, said that measure was not enough. They are calling for a new footpath for the safety of the school children and others who walk the busy road.
Margaret McBride is an SNA at the school, where her son Jimí is in second class. The school enrols 39 pupils from 30 families.
“We’re trying to get our footpath back for the safety of the children,” Margaret said. She said the Irish college students who come to Loughanure in the summer would also walk that road regularly.
Children and parents carried signs that said, Sábháilteacht ár bPáistí #1, or the Safety of our children is #1”; and Tabhair ar ais ár gCosan, or Take back our footpath.
Fiona Greene, a member of the parents committee at the national school, said, “Our main concern is the safety of the children.
“It’s not safe,” she said.
See Monday’s Donegal Democrat / Donegal People’s Press for more.