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Call to move 'lethal' crossings now

Councillors call for pedestrian crossings to be moved back from roundabouts

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Cllr Marie Moloney and Killarney Mayor Brendan Cronin at the Cleeny Roundabout where they have asked for safety improvements. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Cllr Marie Moloney and Killarney Mayor Brendan Cronin at the Cleeny Roundabout where they have asked for safety improvements. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Cllr Marie Moloney and Killarney Mayor Brendan Cronin at the Cleeny Roundabout where they have asked for safety improvements. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Killarney Municipal District Councillors have appealed for the local authority to address what are described as 'lethal' pedestrian crossings at roundabouts on the outskirts of the town.

Speaking at Thursday's MD meeting at the Coral Leisure Centre, Labour Councillor Marie Moloney has called for the roundabout at Curtin's Cross and at Cleeny to be immediately removed and relocated to a safer location.

She says that the request for Cleeny has come too late as a life has already been lost there.

"I can't understand the engineering behind a roundabout with a pedestrian crossing on it...it's so dangerous," she said.

Ms Moloney also called for the orange lights at Cleeny to be restored to working order as soon as possible. Cathaoirleach Cllr Brendan Cronin said that, generally speaking, roundabouts where pedestrian crossings are placed adjacent to, or as you exit, a roundabout are "lethal dangerous".

"I request the TII to reconsider options for the pedestrian crossing adjacent to roundabouts," he said. "Move them away or, like you might see in Dublin, use sloped ramps."

Cllr Donal Grady said that previous requests for crossings to be moved away from roundabouts have been turned down by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Kerry County Council has said that it will review such crossings. One of the locations is subject to a Garda investigation following a recent accident, and the local authority said this may feed into this review.

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