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Health & safety of cyclists & pedestrians should influence need for works not accident data – Cllr Murphy

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*Cllr Paul Murphy. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Health and safety of pedestrians and cyclists rather than accident data should influence road improvement works at Clarecastle, the Mayor of Ennis has said.

In putting forward the argument for the Claremount Rd in Clarecastle to be considered for the low cost safety scheme, Cllr Paul Murphy (FG) singled out the “bad bend between Considine’s and Power’s dwelling homes” as “particularly dangerous for walkers and cyclists and would open up this looped circuit if the bend was taken out”.

An inspection of the location will be carried out by staff of the Ennis Municipal District, senior engineer Eamon O’Dea responded. He said accident data would be examined to “see if it is feasible to submit a low cost safety proposal for this section of the Claremount Rd”.

“It is not so much the accidents but the health and safety of pedestrians and cyclists,” Cllr Murphy stated at a recent meeting of the Ennis MD. His motion was seconded by Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF).

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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