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Pupils launch campaign to honour Conor

CHILDREN at two Cabra secondary schools have launched a road safety campaign in memory of tragic hit-and-run victim Conor Hickey.

The campaign, which is being run by pupils at Colaiste Mhuire and Gaelscoil Bharra, aims to prevent road deaths by asking motorists to "sign a pledge".

The pledge is considered signed by motorists when they buy a wristband, made by the pupils, for €2.

Conor (14), who was in his second year at Colaiste Mhuire, died after he was knocked down by a car at the junction of St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road last December.

Gaelscoil Bharra principal Sean O'Donaile said the campaign has been a "great success".

He said students have been able to collect enough money through the sale of the wristbands to fund a road safety poster campaign.

"The campaign's been brilliant. The students put their heads together and have managed to highlight something very important. So far, all of the wristbands have sold out," he said.

He added that a "graffiti garden" was established in Cabra to coincide with the campaign.

Poignantly, the garden features artwork designed by Conor. It also features artwork created by students from both schools that conveys messages promoting road safety awareness.

However, Mr O'Donaile said he is "disappointed" with Dublin City Council because he has been waiting since December to discuss the implementation of road safety measures in the area.


"Something has to be done because we don't want a repeat of what happened with Conor."

Dublin City Council said the traffic situation adjacent to Gaelscoil Bharra is yet to be put on a list for consideration by the Traffic Advisory Group.

"This request is under examination," the spokesperson said.