Friday 17 November 2017

Mother begins vigil for 'Jake's Law' on speeding

Roseann Brennan with husband Chris as they hold their vigil outside Leinster House.
Roseann Brennan with husband Chris as they hold their vigil outside Leinster House.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

The devastated mother of a little boy killed while playing outside his home has begun a three-night vigil outside Leinster House in a bid to have the speed limit in housing estates lowered.

Jake Brennan (6) was knocked down and killed near his home in Lintown Grove, Co Kilkenny on June 12 last.

His heartbroken mother Roseann (30) told how it was five months before she was able to get into a car following the death of her beloved son.

And she spoke of the grief her family is still enduring, saying it is very difficult to wake up each morning without Jake and to have to be "happy and bubbly" because she is still the mother of two children who need her.

She said she feels guilt when she puts her younger son, Kaelem (3), into the bath "because there is just one child and not two".

"And if I smile, I worry if anyone saw me smiling because I think 'Maybe they'll think that I have gotten over it', but I haven't gotten over it," she said.

Meanwhile, Kaelem, who saw his brother's accident, is still undergoing counselling because of the trauma.

Roseann, together with 11 supporters, will be camping outside the Dáil until Wednesday in an effort to urge the Government to lower the speed limit in housing estates from the current 50kph to 20kph.

The campaign, "20 is plenty", is supported by Mary Lou MacDonald of Sinn Féin.

She came out in support yesterday and told of the devastation in her own community of Cabra on Dublin's northside following the deaths of two young boys on the roads in 2007 and 2011.

Campaigner Rita Malone of Clonlara, Co Clare, whose son Oran (8) was seriously injured in an accident last September said her son suffers night terrors and is terrified of cars after his accident.

"We're very lucky to have Oran, but why should I walk away?" she said, adding that if the campaign saved the life of one child it will have been worth it.

Irish Independent

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