Speed ramps needed after tragic death

A discussion at County Hall last week on the need for speed ramps in Portlaoise estates was tinged with sadness, as present were the parents of the little girl who died tragically in a road accident in St Brigid’s Place.

Portlaoise Town Councillors were united in offering their condolences to Stephen Greene and Amanda McGinley Greene, parents of five-year-old Maria McGinley Greene who died after being struck by a van in St Brigid’s Place on March 15.

Top of the agenda at the town council’s monthly meeting was a motion put forward by Cllr Caroline Dwane, who called on Laois County Council to install ramps and extra road safety measures in the top green and throughout the estate in St Brigid’s Place.

She was informed in a written reply from the road design office, that the council will review this location and consider this request.

Describing little Maria’s death as “a terrible tragedy”, Cllr Dwane said that a review of safety measures not just in St Brigid’s but throughout the whole town could save the lives of other children and prevent such a tragedy striking other families.

“There’s been a very dark cloud over Portlaoise these last two weeks, we need to act promptly,” she said.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said that the biggest issue in many town estates was the need for speed ramps and she believed that every estate that has requested speed ramps should be included.

“We don’t want (a tragedy) happening anywhere else,” she said.

Cllr Kathleen O’Brien suggested that ‘children at play’ signs be erected in all green areas throughout the town, although the council should look at St Brigid’s Place first. Meanwhile, Cllr Rotimi Adebari said that the council should carry out a safety audit in all estates.


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