Tuesday 20 March 2018

Locals speak of 'dangerous' road stretch

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THE stretch of road at Monasterboice where Shane Whelan lost his life has long been considered dangerous by locals.

Concerns have been raised about its speed limit, as well as broken street lights.

Shane's grandfather, Don McCullough, died in a similar accident in 1991.

And a young couple, Fiona O'Neill (21) and Dominic Wogan (23), where killed in a collision on the same road in 2001.

Once part of the main Dublin to Belfast Road, it was bypassed when the M1 motorway opened.

Monasterboice Inn owner Roseanne Donegan said the road was "very, very dangerous", adding: "The speed limit there is 80kmh but it should be 50kmh and after this I'm going to try and have it changed with traffic-calming measures."

Residents have also contacted Louth County Council with their concerns over four street lamps that have not been working for more than a year.

One local said that the lack of lighting made it dangerous to cross the road to the bus stop on winter mornings and evenings.

He said that the council had told him it had been working with the ESB since last October to resolve the issue.

A spokesman for Louth County Council did not respond to a query on the matter last night.

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