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Cloughmills tragedy: Education board agrees on transport to collect Gilmour children after tragic death of Adam

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."

Further reading

Education board 'has no answers' for Gilmour family over tragic Cloughmills crash

Cloughmills tragedy: Christmas appeal set up to help grieving family of tragic Adam Gilmour

Cloughmills tragedy: 'They did not even say sorry for death of Adam', says grief-stricken mother

Cloughmills tragedy mother: I never want to go up that road again, or near that house. I just keep thinking, 'what if?...'

Adam Gilmour funeral: Anguish and shock was still etched on the faces of his family

Adam Gilmour funeral: Life that was full of family, fun and friendship

Funeral of tragic Cloughmills car crash victim Adam Gilmour takes place 

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