Huge traffic jams result in some students arriving late to exam centres
Some State exams had to be delayed yesterday after a huge traffic jam on the approach to Cork City resulted some students arriving late at exam centres.
The traffic delays affected the western side of the city as the Cork City Primary Sports event got under way, involving more than 6,000 primary school children.
However, tailbacks stretched for miles out of the city on approach roads and caused severe delays, including to some state exam students.
The delays caused some students at Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown to arrive late for Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, but superintendents delayed the start of the French exam for younger students by 20 minutes. The supervisors are obliged to begin with the listening test and around a dozen Junior Certificate students had been disrupted by the traffic chaos, the schools said.
A smaller number of Leaving Certificate students were affected but it is understood that the circumstances allowed for them to be given extra time at the end so they would not be disadvantaged.
Speaking on Cork radio station 96FM, Insp Finbarr O’Sullivan of the Garda Traffic Corps said of preparations for the Cork City Sports: “You have expectations, the numbers sometimes exceed it.”
He said because there was “limited routes” into the city “there’s only so much you can do”.
Thomas Broderick, a lecturer in the Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies in CIT, said: “This morning’s traffic was a fiasco and the relevant people should be informed about the problems it has caused, particularly relating to the Leaving Certificate exams.
“It must also be recognised however, that among the chaos, over 6,000 primary school children are participating in one of the biggest, one day sporting event for children in Europe. The positive experience for those children involved is something they will hopefully bring with them long into the future and is worth mentioning in this discussion.”