Thursday 18 January 2018

Parents of tragic Jake Brennan soaked during first night of vigil outside Leinster House

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

It was a cold and wet first night camped outside Leinster House for Chris and Roseann Brennan, who are campaigning for mandatory speed limits in residential areas after their six-year-old son Jake was knocked down and killed.

The couple are joined by a group of 11 supporters who will be camping out overnight outside the Dail until Wednesday in support of their campaign.

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.
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis, Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald with Roseann Brennan mother of victim Jake Brennan.
Parents of tragic six-year-old Jake Brennan, Chris Brennan and Roseann Brennan (front left to right) are pictured outside the Dail
The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident
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.
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan
Jake Brennan

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.

During the first night, many of the supporters were left numb with cold, Roseann told

"We were absolutely soaked, but it's lovely out today. We've tried out everything," she said.

"It's given me an insight into those poor homeless people. That's all we kept saying last night."

Despite the adverse weather conditions working against them, the Kilkenny couple were blown away with support from people.

"We've had so much great feedback. So many people have just been lovely dropping us down coffee and chocolate cake. There are parents coming over to give us a hug," she said.

Jake Brennan died in his mother's arms after being hit by a car near his home. Roseann spoke of the grief her family is still enduring since the tragic accident.

"No one ever thinks they have a child and hold him for the first time and then, six years later, he'll die in my arms like that. No mother should go through that," she said.

"Life is so cruel. Life is hard. I live with guilt all the time. I'm always going to be missing him. I'm missing my Jakie.

"By doing this, I'm hoping that no other family has to go through this."

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