The mother of a young boy who was killed after a road crash in Co Antrim has said an education and library board decision to finally agree to provide school transport for her other children is 'too little too late'.
Eight-year-old Adam Gilmour died, and his siblings were injured, outside their Cloughmills home while walking to catch a bus to school.
The family were forced to walk to a bus stop along a dark and narrow country road, after they were not provided a service by the North Eastern Education & Library Board (NEELB), from their home .
The schoolboy died just weeks after his mother expressed fears her family could be "wiped out".
His mother, Sarah Gilmour, said the decision to provide the transport was "too little, too late".
Speaking today, TUV leader Jim Allister said that "following weeks of representations and the tragic death of young Adam Gilmour, I have now been advised by the NEELB that finally they have agreed to have the Gilmour children picked up at their Loughill Road home"
"This was the reasonable request made to NEELB by me on October 20, 2014, and earlier by the family.
"Sadly, it took NEELB three weeks to even sit down to discuss the request. And as they convened their internal meeting on 11 November news of the tragedy came through and the meeting was aborted.
"The delay in handling the request is one of the issues I expect to be addressed in the report being sent to the minister.
"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.
"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with this family in their deep grief."
It seemed almost impossible that the sun could shine on such a heartbreaking scene as the one that unfolded in Cloughmills yesterday. But shine it did, glinting off the wheelchair that carried seriously injured Sarah Gilmour to the funeral of her eight-year-old son Adam, its light bouncing off the heads of the children who had come to say a last farewell to their lost playmate.