Longford County Council continues with plans to introduce 30km/h speed limit in estates

Inquest into death of Kilkenny schoolboy re-opens speed limit debate

Longford County Council continues with plans to introduce 30km/h speed limit in estates

Other counties should follow Longford's lead by installing 30km/h speed limits in all housing estates.

The issue was raised after an inquest into the death of six-year-old Kilkenny boy Jake Brennan last week who died when he was hit by a car close to his home at Lintown Grove in Kilkenny on 12 June 2014.

A jury in the inquest recommended the introduction of a mandatory 30km/h speed limit in all housing estates.

The jury also recommended Department of Transport chiefs introduce appropriate street signage in all housing estates.

Those recommendations come as Longford County Council continueswith plans for 30km/h speed limits in estates countywide.

Two of those who have been championing such measures, Cllrs Gerry Warnock and Micheal Carrigy, said restricted speed limits in built up areas were long overdue.

“It was an issue which was brought up at a Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meeting and then passed at a full council meeting six to nine months ago,” said Cllr Carrigy.

“It was a decision we as a council took to bring a blanket 30km/h speed limit in in all estates and we feel it is the right one.”

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Gerry Warnock has also been vocal on the need to enforce tighter road safety measures inside housing estates.

He said a lot could be learned from the benefits his own estate, Prospect Woods in Longford town.

“Before it was like something out of Mondello Park but now the estate would slow down a Sherman tank.

“My own preference has always been for ramps to be introduced and I know there have been concerns raised about emergency services getting access to these areas but if a squad car, ambulance or fire engine wants to get in, they will get in.

“At the end of the day, this is about safety and it's for the greater good,” he said.