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Families who lost daughters seek better warnings

Treacy Hogan

Published 13/01/2011 | 05:00

Kay Keane and Magdalene Farren hold pictures of their daughters
Eileen and Sinead outside the Dail yesterday
Kay Keane and Magdalene Farren hold pictures of their daughters Eileen and Sinead outside the Dail yesterday

THREE families who lost young daughters in controversial car crashes are demanding better warning signs and speed restrictions at roadworks.

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The Gallagher family of Achill, Co Mayo; the Farrens from Carndonagh, Co Donegal; and the Keanes from Ballylongford, Co Kerry, claim temporary road surfaces -- or the absence of any warning signs -- were responsible for the crashes.

Newly married 22-year-old Sinead McDaid (nee Farren) was killed when her car skidded on loose chippings on a road undergoing resurfacing work near her home in Craigston, Carndonagh, on June 12, 2001.

The next day, a road sweeper swept up the chippings and signs warning that there were no road markings appeared.

Ashling Gallagher (22 ) died just before Christmas 2004 when her car skidded on an unfinished temporary road surface. There were no warning signs indicating a temporary surface or speed restrictions.

On the evening of April 22, 2006, Eileen Keane (18), who was a passenger, died along with Trevor Chute (22) when their car drove through a crossroads and collided with another vehicle.

The Keane family claim they have photographs showing there were no yield or stop signs in place.

The families told the committee they wanted to see a new independent system of investigating road deaths.

Irish Independent

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