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Windswept peninsula backs bus shelter call 04.02.08

A WINDSWEPT Inishowen community has welcomed a call for the provision of proper bus shelters at pick-up points for schoolchildren.
The residents of Three Trees, Quigley's Point, got together almost two decades ago to erect two makeshift bus shelters for their school-going children.
But today, the two roadside structures are looking decidedly Dickensian around their wood-chipped edges - in stark contrast with an Ireland of the 21st Century.
The two tumble-down bus shelters at Three Trees, Quigley's Point. Three Trees resident Gary Deery told InishowenNews.com yesterday that local families got together and built the shelters to protect their children from the rain and wind coming off the Foyle.
"At that time there were about
twenty local children going to school and they needed somewhere to shelter when they were waiting on the bus especially in the winter. We had to put the shelters up ourselves because it didn't look like anyone else was going to do it for us," said Mr. Deery. "The children have all grown up now but these shelters are still used by young people and the elderly waiting on buses. It's about time we had some decent bus shelters for them."
Mr. Deery's comments follow similar calls last week from Donegal Sinn Féin members Senator Pearse Doherty and Cllr. Padraig MacLochlainn.
Senator Doherty told the Seanad that thousands of schoolchildren, particularly in rural areas, were being forced to wait for school buses with no shelter.
"This often leads to school children, particularly in the winter months, arriving to school cold and wet. This, in turn, has a detrimental effect, not just to children’s health but also to their concentration levels and their ability to learn," he said.
He called on the Government to erect good quality bus shelters and emulate the company Adshel by selling advertising space on them. He said the Government could then plough back the profits into the provision of top quality public transport infrastructure.
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