Kenny pledges to fix road where teen girl was killed
Published 01/06/2013 | 05:00
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has given a pledge to the parents of a teenage girl that the dangerous stretch of road where she died would be fixed.
Mr Kenny met with Liam and Norah Feeney from Cladhnach, Carraroe, Co Galway, at the Galway school where their 15-year-old daughter Leah was a student.
The couple had a 10-minute private meeting with Mr Kenny, during which he vowed to fix the Rossaveal road where Leah died.
Leah was killed on May 1 after she was hit by a car while walking on the narrow stretch of road near Terry's bar in Rossaveal, which had no footpath or lighting.
The schoolgirl had been walking with a friend at 9.45pm when she was struck and killed. She was the third pedestrian to lose her life there in recent years.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Feeney said he was relieved that refurbishment works would now be carried out at the site where his daughter died.
"He was very nice and sympathised with us just like any father. He said they had the money now to fix the road. And he said there shouldn't be any more obstacles," he added.
Mr Kenny has now asked local TD Sean Kyne to liaise with the county council and engineers to begin work. Mr Feeney said that a local landowner had agreed to donate the necessary land to carry out the works.
Mr Kenny was opening an extension at Colaiste Cholmcille in Inverin yesterday. Leah was a Junior Cert student in the school.
Mr Feeney said that he and his wife should be grieving but could not until their campaign to fix the road was complete.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Kenny said: "This is, I think, the seventh or eighth tragedy on this stretch of road. Deputy Sean Kyne informs me that the plans are now being drawn up to deal with this matter." Mr Kenny said that while he did not usually get involved in such matters, this was an exceptional case.