In the wake of the tragic death of four-year-old Ciaran Treacy in a road traffic collision in Portarlington, local election candidate Willie Murphy has called on Laois County Council to carry out urgent traffic calming measures.
Urging the council to carry out the works on the R419 between Portarlington and Portlaoise, the Fianna Fail man said: “I am extremely concerned at the current condition of this road. I am calling on Laois County Council to investigate the possibility of introducing traffic calming measures to ensure the safety of motorists and cyclists alike.
“There have been a number of accidents on this stretch of road and sadly there has been recent fatality here. I have been inundated with complaints from constituents who are extremely concerned at the current set up of the road,” he said.
Pointing out that the Portarlington to Portlaoise road is an extremely busy thoroughfare, Mr Murphy said he believes that any such traffic calming measures will be very welcomed by motorists.
“I will continue to press Laois County Council to investigate every available option to reduce the number of accidents on this stretch of road,” he vowed.
Mr Murphy was speaking following the death of four-year-old Ciaran Treacy, who died after the car he was travelling in with his mother and brother was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle at Ballymorris on April 17.
His seven-year-old brother Sean was also injured in the crash, but his injuries were not serious, while the boys’ mother Mrs Gillian Treacy was taken into hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver and sole occupant of the second car also suffered injuries.