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Tragedy: The scene of the fatal road accident on the N4 at Moyvalley

Tragedy: The scene of the fatal road accident on the N4 at Moyvalley

Protestors at the water protest on Merrion Square.

Protestors at the water protest on Merrion Square.

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Tragedy: The scene of the fatal road accident on the N4 at Moyvalley

A man who was tragically knocked down and killed had taken part in the water charge protests in Dublin just hours previously.

The pedestrian - named locally as Anthony Killeen (60) - had attended the water demonstrations in the capital, having travelled up from his hometown of Moyvalley that morning.

He joined an estimated 50,000 others who had gathered in Dublin's city centre to protest against water charges.

Mr Killeen, who had been very active in the community, often tended public meetings and expressed his opinion on local matters, according to one councillor who knew him.

Cllr Darragh Fitzpatrick said Mr Killeen would have been well-known in the community through his participation in projects such as the Tidy Towns campaign.

Crossing

The tragic accident happened when Mr Killeen was struck by a car while crossing the main road leading through Moyvalley at approximately 5.45pm on Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 29-year-old female driver of the vehicle was uninjured in the collision.

Locals in the small town in Kildare last night paid tribute to Mr Killeen - known as Tony - as a respectable man who was well-known in the area.

One neighbour described the deceased as "friendly but quiet", while another described him as "a very nice man who everybody would have known".

Mr Killeen was an only child who never married.

Last night locals took to social media sites to urge for better lighting in rural areas.

Broadford Area Residents Association said on Facebook: "Tragic news from Ballinadrimna last night. RIP Tony. Kildare Co Council you need to start listening to the people. Public lighting and a safe environment is a must in this day in age."

Wednesday's protest saw some 50,000 people descend on the capital to march on the Dail to voice discontent over the incoming water charges.

People travelled by bus and train from across Ireland to join the demonstration.

Feeder marches from Dublin suburbs convened on the southside of the city for a 1pm rally at Merrion Square.

The protest remained largely peaceful throughout the day, however, six people were arrested during the event.

One garda was injured during an incident on Kildare Street when he was hit with a flag pole.

A large group of demonstrators engaged in a stand-off with gardai on O'Connell Street.

Traffic in the city centre was brought to a standstill for several hours as the group occupied O'Connell bridge.

Mr Killeen is the third pedestrian to be killed on Irish roads since Monday. All three road victims were fatally struck in the early morning or early evening, when it was dark.

On Tuesday, an 86-year-old woman died after being struck by a car while walking on the N15 road at Cartron, Bundoran Road in Sligo, at around 6.40pm. No other injuries were reported in the collision.

A man in his 70s died after a car hit him on the N17 at Claremorris, Co Mayo, on Monday. The crash happened at around 7.30am and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was uninjured.

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