Lyster Square a minefield

Portlaoise’s busy Lyster Square was tagged “ a minefield” by Cllr Mary Sweeney at a Portlaoise area meeting last Wednesday, March 14.

Portlaoise’s busy Lyster Square was tagged “ a minefield” by Cllr Mary Sweeney at a Portlaoise area meeting last Wednesday, March 14.

The cllr was asking for a traffic management plan to be prepared on the shopping area, which in the past has been the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident.

“To see the volumes of traffic, and there is no place for pedestrians to cross, it is a minefield. At the library, Mulhalls and the banks it’s pretty hazardous,” she said.

The reply from senior engineer John O’Donoghue was there is already a traffic management plan in place.

“Any changes to the current operation are within the function of the Portlaoise Parking and Bye Laws committee.”

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald noted that measures had been called for before.

“Particularly where Allbooks is, for people crossing there it is very dangerous,” she said.

It is almost twelve years since three year old Claire Taylor from Ballyfin was killed in a tragic accident, when a car driven by an elderly man crashed into her buggy as her grandmother tried to cross Lyster Square car park.