Monday 25 September 2017

Jake's Law set to become a reality after government say they won't oppose bill

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

THE Government will not oppose Sinn Fein’s bill to reduce speed limits in residential areas to 20kph, independent.ie can reveal.

Roseanne Brennan - whose six-year-old son Jake was tragically killed after he was struck by a car outside her family home - has been campaigning to have speed limits reduced in housing estates.

Ms Brennan and her supporters held a vigil outside Leinster House in an attempt to convince the Government to pass the legislation.

A private members bill supporting the campaign dubbed ‘Jake’s Law’ was proposed by Sinn Fein and will be debated in the Dail this evening.

Jake Brennan
Jake Brennan
Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Parents of tragic six-year-old Jake Brennan, Chris Brennan and Roseann Brennan (front left to right) are pictured outside the Dail
Roseann Brennan with husband Chris as they hold their vigil outside Leinster House.
The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident
Roseanne Brennan, who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin
The distraught parents of little Jake Brennan (6), Christopher and Roseanne Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove shortly after his death
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan

Read more here: Parents of tragic Jake Brennan soaked during first night of vigil outside Leinster House 

A spokesman for Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said he is not opposed “in principle” to reducing speed limits to 20kph in residential areas but said local authorities are better placed to change speed limits.

“Local authorities are best positioned to determine the appropriate speed limits in their areas and in the interest of road safety this should remain the case,” she said.

“While not opposing the proposal to make provision in legislation for a 20kph speed limit, the Minister will seek advice on the practicalities and implications of applying 20kph limits before committing to the Bill's provisions or making amendments at later Stages.”

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