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Bereaved dad calls for safety in estates

The road in St Brigid's where Maria Greene was killed by a passing van.

The road in St Brigid's where Maria Greene was killed by a passing van.

The dad of Maria Greene, who died after being knocked down near her home in Portlaoise, is calling on Laois County Council to make estates safer for children.

“If there were ramps there, our daughter would still be with us. Things have to change,” Stephen Greene told the Leinster Express.

Maria, aged just 5, was laid to rest last Tuesday in St Peter & Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise, in a pink coffin. She was mourned by her parents Amanda and Stephen, brother Stephen, family, friends, neighbours and junior infant classmates from Gaelscoil Phort Laoise.

Her father has begun a campaign to reduce speed limits and install more speed ramps in his and other estates.

“It’s not just St Brigid’s (Place) that is unsafe, it’s many others in the county. People have tried to speak up, but the council are very good at saying no in a roundabout way,” he said.

He says the green across from his home is a play area.

“You can’t keep them indoors, but there are things we can do to make their environment safer, I feel I have to do something about this,” he said.

Laois County Council declined to comment. A Garda investigation is ongoing.

 

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