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‘Motorway like’ speed in Toonagh concerning residents

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Toonagh residents are extremely concerned with the speeding levels in the area prompting calls for a reduction in the limit in the area.

A plea to put in place VMS signage at Ballybrody in Toonagh “to reduce speeding vehicles” was issued by Cllr Mark Nestor (FF) at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District.

He also appealed for engagement to begin between Clare County Council and relevant authorities to reduce the speed limit of 80km/h in the area.

An examination of the location will be carried out, senior executive engineer Eamon O’Dea confirmed. He outlined that new proposals for additional signage on this section of the R476 would be brought forward.

Addressing the meeting, Cllr Nestor outlined that he recently met up with residents, “to say they are concerned with the traffic on the road is an understatement,” he stated. The Cloughleigh native believed that VMS signage has been effective in slowing people down.

“It is very difficult for residents to exit that road. I very much welcome the reply, hopefully it will work. I’ve experience from that road, from the videos I’ve seen I think further signage is needed because not everyone is aware of the 80km/h limit. This could be an accident waiting to happen if nothing is done about it,” Cllr Nestor added.

His party colleague, Cllr Pat Daly (FF) seconded the proposal and commented, “It is like a motorway. Signage would definitely want to be put up there”.

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, and 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 -

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