People dangerously jumping into a river off cars parked on a bridge in Laois

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

People dangerously jumping into a river off cars parked on a bridge in Laois

Castletown, Laois. Google maps.

Someone is going to suffer serious injuries from jumping off the bridge into a river outside a Laois town according to a county councillor. 

Cllr James Kelly tabled a notice of motion at the June Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting. 

He asked Laois County Council to provide safety measures on the bridge at Castletown over the River Nore on the R445 Road.

It was discussed at the meeting that not only are people jumping off the bridge into the river but they also drive their cars right up to the bridge and jumping off the roof of the cars. 

"People are standing on the bridge and jumping into the river, it is totally dangerous. There are people jumping off vehicles into the river. Someone is going to suffer serious injuries," CLlr Kelly said.

He added that parents are worried about young people jumping in. 

"There has been a lot of calls about it parents are worried. If we can stop them from being able to park right at the bridge it will help," he said. 

Cllr Brendan Phelan asked if something could be put under the bridge to stop people from jumping from the 25ft drop.

In a response to the notice of motion, Senior Engineer Mr Farhan Nasiem, said this will be included in the bridge repair works in 2019 if recommended by the area office. 

Cllr Kelly said this is not a structural issue but rather it is a safety issue it is in relation to how people are behaving at the bridge. 

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