Wednesday 28 January 2015

Taoiseach promises action over estate road death

Brian Byrne

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

Roseann Brennan holds a photo of her son Jake Brennan (6) at Lintown Grove, on the day after he died following a road accident there.
Roseann Brennan holds a photo of her son Jake Brennan (6) at Lintown Grove, on the day after he died following a road accident there.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has vowed to find out why speed ramps weren't installed in a housing estate in which a six-year-old boy died after being struck by a car.

Roseann Brennan, from Lintown Grove, Kilkenny, watched as her son, Jake, was killed as he played with friends last month.

At a meeting in Government Buildings with Ms Brennan and family yesterday, Mr Kenny said he learned that a condition of the planning permission for the estate was for speed ramps to be provided.

He said: "That wasn't done, so I have undertaken to contact the county manager about that matter."

Ms Brennan said she spent six years lobbying for speed ramps to be installed before her son died. Her campaign, called 'Jake's Legacy', is lobbying councils nationwide to lower the speed limit to 30kmh.

Mr Kenny also said he will arrange for Ms Brennan to meet with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe and Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

"My hope is the loss of little Jake will not have been in vain for the saving of lives of our children," he added.

Irish Independent

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