'Jake's Law' parents end vigil but vow to keep campaigning
THE heartbroken parents of tragic Jake Brennan have left their three-day vigil outside Leinster House, after learning the Government highlighted difficulties with a mandatory 20kph limit in estates.
Roseann and Christopher Brennan, from Kilkenny, proposed Jake's Law in memory of their six-year-old son Jake, who died in his mother's arms after he was struck by a car outside their family home.
The couple were joined by supporters in their vigil outside the Dáil to highlight their bid to reduce the speed limit to a maximum of 20kph for cars entering residential housing areas.
However, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said the Government supported the principle of a 20kph speed limit for residential areas, but that difficulties arise when defining what constitutes a residential area. He added that local authorities should have the freedom to determine where lower speed limits should apply, rather than mandatory limits.
"I have no disagreement in principle with creating a 20kph limit for residential areas. However, difficulties do exist in relation to a mandatory, centrally-imposed speed limit of 20kph due to the difficulty in defining exactly is what a residential road," he said, pointing out many could be considered residential but were also used as "substantial" traffic routes.
Ms Brennan said she was "upset" but pledged to continue her campaign. The Government is now being called to fully support the proposal by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.