Cork's 39 Lollipop Ladies return to work

Cork's 39 Lollipop Ladies return to work
Lollipop Ladies, Nora Murphy and Gabrielle McCarthy, assist, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald with Aisling, Emma and Daniell O'Neill, cross the road. Picture: Jim Coughlan

As the schools return this week so do the 39 Lollipop Ladies working at schools across Cork city.

As part of its road safety programme, up to €500,000 is spent by Cork City Council each year on providing school wardens or lollipop ladies at primary schools across the city.

Cork City Council funds the service as it “encourages children to walk to school and thereby reduces traffic congestion around the city’s schools”.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “Helping children to work to school not only helps promote more healthy lifestyles but it also means less cars on the road so it’s a win-win for families, schools and communities”.

“Cork City Council funds this service as it makes walking to school safer and reduces car dependence. It makes walking an option for families as parents be assured that their children will safe crossing the road”.

Up to 39 school wardens are employed by the local authority around the city and all of the school warden staff are fully trained so they have the skills to manage pedestrians effectively at the assigned crossing point.

The Lord Mayor will next week begin his traditional visits to the city’s schools with up to four schools being visited each day.

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