Thursday 22 February 2018

Mother of tragic Jake Brennan begins three night vigil outside Leinster House

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

The devastated mother of a young boy who died when he was struck by a car while playing last summer has begun a three night vigil outside Leinster House.

Roseann Brennan from Kilkenny is trying to urge the Government to introduce “Jake’s Law” to bring in a lower speed limit in housing estates throughout the country.

The campaign, “20 is plenty,” hopes to reduce the current speed limit of 50kph down to 20kph as the maximum speed limit for cars entering into the residential housing areas.

Ms Brennan is joined by a group of around 11 supporters who will be camping out with her overnight outside the Dail until Wednesday.

With her is Rita Malone, from Clonlara, Co Clare – whose son, Oran (8) was seriously injured in a car accident last September while playing on a green area outside his childminder’s house.

He had crossed a road to get a ball and was crossing back when the accident happened.

The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident
The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident
Jake Brennan

Rita said her son still suffers from flashbacks and nightmares after his ordeal, when he was flung up into the air and is still undergoing counselling to deal with the trauma.

Meanwhile Roseann spoke of the grief her family is still enduring after the loss of little Jake (6) last June.

She revealed how hard it is to wake up without Jake every morning and to have to be “happy and bubbly” because she is still the mother of two children who need her.

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

Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan
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.

“And if I smile, I worry if anyone saw me smiling because I think ‘maybe they will think that I have gotten over it’ -  but I haven’t gotten over it,” she said.

Jake was just about to head home to get ready to go on stage at the Watergate Theatre with the Jesters group as part of their annual show and end of year finale at 8pm when the car struck him.

The little boy was hit by a car  on June 12 last while playing outside his house in a cul-de-sac in the Lintown Hall estate on the edge of Kilkenny City.

After the accident, he was able to get up and run to his mother but soon lost consciousness and was pronounced dead in hospital.

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