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Roseanne Brennan, who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin

Roseanne Brennan, who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin

Gemma O'Farrell who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin

Gemma O'Farrell who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin

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Roseanne Brennan, who received a Road Safety Award at the 7th Annual Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Awards 2014 held in Farmleigh, Dublin

A MOTHER who launched a campaign for safer driving in residential estates after her six-year-old son was tragically killed has secured an award from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Roseann Brennan was left devastated after little Jake Brennan was killed in an accident outside the family's Kilkenny home in June.

She started a campaign called Jake's Legacy to enforce lower 30kph speed limits in residential housing estates.

Earlier this year, she met with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe to discuss her concerns, and he later issued a circular to all local authorities requiring an examination of speed limits.

Tragic

Ms Brennan, who has been described as a "remarkable woman", was yesterday granted an award for education in the community on road safety.

The awards were presented at Farmleigh near the Phoenix Park by RSA chairperson Liz O'Donnell.

Jake's family took to the Facebook page they set up for the campaign to describe their mixed emotions yesterday.

"It was a bitter sweet today baby - we were happy that you have achieved this award, but so heart broken that you aren't here.

"We really shouldn't have been there, as you should be in school where you received your safe pass card," the family wrote in a post illustrated with a picture of that card with the RSA award.

"You were always for road safety and still are Jakie," the family added.

Claire Barden, owner of the Learn Early Montessori Academy and Creche in Sligo, was the winner of the supreme award.

Ms Barden designed an innovative preschool curriculum to educate children about vital road safety skills from a very young age.

Gemma O'Farrell was given a special recognition award for her advocacy.

Her brother Shane (23) was killed in a hit-and-run incident in 2013 and she has campaigned for stronger laws for the offence.

Irish Independent journalist Paul Melia recieved the national media award.

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