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TII pressed to introduce traffic calming at dangerous Darragh junction

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TII should not wait for the “next fatality” before introducing safety measures on the N68 at Darragh, an elected representative of Clare County Council has stated.

Officials in Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) were requested to implement traffic calming on the N68 at the service station in Darragh plus the roads east and west of this location by Cllr PJ Kelly (FF) at a recent West Clare Municipal District meeting.

Administrative officer with the Transportation Department of the County Council, John Corry advised the meeting that the request had been referred to personnel in Road Design to engage with TII to consider introducing measures as outlined.

“This section of road has been the scene of a number of fatal accidents in recent times,” Cllr Kelly highlighted. “In many cases we create facilities for speeding drivers, when they reach the junction they forget to slow down. It is like a take off from an Airport, it is frightening. If a speed van was there he would be making a nice bit of money for the State”.

He cautioned, “I’m worried we could be waiting till the next fatality,” before works are carried out. Cllr Bill Chambers (FF) seconded the motion with Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) referencing the recent death of a carer crossing the road at the location.

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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