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School bus offer too little, too late, says Cloughmills horror smash mum

By Chris Kilpatrick

The grieving mother of an eight-year-old boy killed on his way to school has angrily rejected an education board's offer of transport for her other children as too little, too late.

Adam Gilmour, his mother and his five siblings were struck by a car as they walked along a rural road in Cloughmills near Ballymena in Co Antrim.

He died from his injuries.

Three weeks before the horrific smash, Adam's mother Sarah had begged the North Eastern Education and Library Board to provide transport for her children from their home to primary school.

It emerged yesterday the board has contacted the Gilmour family telling them they will make transport available to take the children to Clough Primary.

Ms Gilmour was scathing of the move last night, saying it had come weeks too late for her son.

"They can keep their offer," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It's too little, too late. Adam is dead and buried and it could have been prevented."

Ms Gilmour is still confined to a wheelchair as a result of the extensive spinal injuries she sustained in the smash.

She said she will not be returning to her home on the Loughill Road where the tragedy happened on Tuesday, November 11.

"I don't ever want to go up there again," she said.

"I'd rather sleep in a cardboard box than go up to that house. I couldn't go back.

"This offer isn't good enough. In two weeks the board has still not contacted me. I hold them responsible."

A spokesman for the NEELB confirmed the transport provision had been agreed by the board.

"We express our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of Adam and we wish Adam's family members a speedy recovery from their injuries," he said.

"While the board awaits the outcome of the PSNI investigation into the case, interim transport arrangements are in place for the family.

"The board remains committed to assisting the family as best we can."

TUV leader Jim Allister said: "While I greatly regret the delay in handling the original request and the tragedy that Adam died in the meantime, it is right, though it took a further two weeks, that NEELB should now provide the transport originally requested."

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