Wednesday 18 October 2017

Road where girl died to be repaired

A DANGEROUS stretch of road which claimed the life of a teenage girl is to be fixed after Taoiseach Enda Kenny intervened to ensure the latest tranche of funding could be used to carry out the vital works, writes Caroline Crawford.

Residents in Rossaveal, Co Galway, have been campaigning for funding to erect a footpath and lighting at a dangerous spot which claimed the life of Leah Feeney (15) last month.

Galway County Council received €3.4m in additional funding for road improvements last week. But locals feared the worst after the Department of Transport insisted funds were for road surfaces and not footpaths.

However, it has now emerged that money can be used for the necessary works at Rossaveal.

Galway West TD Sean Kyne said he spoke to Mr Kenny on the matter last week and was informed that the Taoiseach had changed the rules surrounding funding allocation to address the problem."

"The Taoiseach informed me that he'd had the rules changed for allocation of money so health and safety works could be carried out," said Mr Kyne.

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