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‘Absolute disgrace’ as another winter comes with primary school left off salting route

School bus gritter frost

A south Armagh primary continues to be left out in the cold with the main road to and from the school remaining untreated in freezing temperatures.

Sinn Fein councillor Barra Ó Muirí has once again hit out at the lack of gritting on the Ballymoyer Road, close to St Malachy’s Primary School in Whitecross.

“It’s an absolute disgrace that the Ballymoyer Road has never been included on the Department for Infrastructure’s list for salting,” slammed the south Armagh representative.

He was reacting to reports the road was like “an ice sheet” on Monday morning.

“I’m continually told that it’s not a primary road despite there being a busy Primary School, a chapel and an increasing population on it,” he added.

“I will make representation to the Department this morning (Monday) to share the frustrations of the public! It’s not good enough!”

The issue is the same at St Oliver’s Primary School in Carrickrovaddy, just a few miles away.

Just three winters ago – in January 2017 – a school bus crashed on the icy road, which was the worst in a series of similar incidents that winter.

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