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Road rage driver 'pulled nails across neck' of Met Éireann's Joanna Donnelly


RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly

RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly

RTE weather presenter Joanna Donnelly

Met Éireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly has revealed how a motorist strangled her during a shocking road rage attack.

The RTÉ broadcaster took to Twitter to reveal how she was left bloody and bruised after she rebuked a motorist who beeped at a child who was cycling with her.

She wrote: "This summer a woman beeped at a child I was cycling with.

"When I stopped and suggested this was unacceptable, she put her hand around my throat, throttled me, then pulled her nails across my neck drawing blood. This is not appropriate behaviour on our roads."

The brave presenter revealed she had reported the incident to gardaí and shared a picture of her neck and shoulders covered in bruises and red scrape marks.

The meteorologist revealed that she was spurred to post about the incident in a bid to highlight the need for safer conditions for cyclists.

"I'm well over this incident, I didn't post about it at the time. It was in May.

"Unfortunately, the ongoing beeping at children (my own child on his way to school included) is what brought on this tweet."

The broadcaster was inundated with support from her followers including cycling lobby group the Dublin Cycling Campaign.

They wrote: "8-year-olds shouldn't have to worry about motor traffic on their cycles to and from school.

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"The solution is straightforward: Segregated cycle routes across our urban areas which enable people of all ages & abilities to cycle. That's it."

Followers also responded, with one person writing: "This wouldn't be tolerated in boxing or wrestling, but she thought it was OK to do on the street in front of children.

"I know this year has pushed people's buttons, but that's still assault. Did you get the reg?"

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