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Friday 15 December 2017

Protesters target 'lethal' 7km stretch

Anita Guidera

A GRIEVING husband has described as "lethal" a stretch of road on which his wife became the 29th person to lose their life in the past 40 years.

Yesterday, motorists along the N4 Dublin to Sligo road were met with 29 stark white crosses scattered along the winding roadside between Castlebaldwin and Cloonamahon.

The 7km stretch is the only section of the Sligo to Dublin road not to have been upgraded to dual carriageway standard.

The 54-year-old mother of three and popular chef, Karen Mounsey, became the most recent victim in August when her car was in a head-on collision with an oncoming car at Drumfin, close to her home in Riverstown, Co Sligo.

Yesterday, her husband, James (79), who suffered serious injuries in the crash, said his life and the lives of their three sons had been left "empty" by the loss of his wife of 30 years.

"That piece of road is lethal. I travelled it every day for nine years. We knew what the road was like and we were always quite careful going along it."

He urged gardai to increase patrols on the road to encourage motorists to slow down.

"I personally think that if people driving the road obeyed the markings and the speed limit there would be less accidents. It's a fact that a lot of drivers ignore the markings and speed like hell on it," he said.

Early on Sunday morning, members of the N4 Action Group erected the metre-high crosses along the dips and blind bends of the route that is used by over 25,000 vehicles a day. Local resident and spokesperson for the Action Group, Bernie Mulhern, said the crosses would serve as a chilling reminder to motorists to exercise caution.

Irish Independent

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