Donegal school flashing lights review is “timely.”

Councillor Albert Doherty
Councillor Albert Doherty

Inishowen County Councillor Albert Doherty has welcomed Donegal County Council’s review of school flashing lights, describing it as “timely.”

There are 206 schools throughout the county, both national and secondary with this facility.

Since 2009, Donegal County Council, in conjunction with each school has provided school flashing lights to help improve safety for the general road user, parents and children using the school.

Many problems and issues have been identified and Councillor Doherty said he made “particular representations” on behalf of a number of school communities including parents and children of Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Ballygorman Malin Head and St.Patrick’s Boys NS, Church Road Carndonagh.

He said: “Some SFL’s have been installed for about 10 years or so and when a fault now occurs the Council have found it difficult to get replacement parts. Manufacturers have advised the council that some parts are no longer available which effectively means in certain cases that the SFL is beyond repair and needs replacing.

“At Malin Head and Carndonagh, the Council have encountered similar problems. The School Flashing lights have had all component parts that can be renewed replaced in recent months but are still not working. A last remaining option for the Council is to try and re-programme the lights again. Programmers have been returned to the suppliers for repairs and the council officials in road design have informed this week that the programmers are back with the Council and a last effort to restore the SFLs will be arranged soon.”

Councillor Doherty has again encouraged all relevant schools to ensure that SFL questionnaires have been returned.

He said: “Donegal County Council will determine the number of units beyond repair and likely to need replacing. The current council policy requires a 50% contribution from schools for the installation of any School Flashing Light. The completion of the current survey by council officials will allow a report to be presented to elected members to determine a policy for the future replacement of SFLs deemed beyond repair and in need of replacement.”

Colr. Doherty added: “Ensuring the care of all the community and especially taking extra care when in the proximity of schools is extremely important. I would encourage all school communities to ensure that their safety concerns regarding damaged or faulty school lights is brought to the attention of the council at Road design.”