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Friday 18 August 2017

Ross told of concerns over €40m road safety plan

Shane Ross
Shane Ross

The organisation that promotes road safety has warned Transport Minister Shane Ross about its fears of risks to its plan to reduce deaths.

In July, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) launched a five-year plan aimed at cutting road deaths by 25pc to 124 by the end of the decade.

However, it has just been revealed that three months later, the RSA wrote to Mr Ross warning that it had "serious concerns" about the implementation of the €40m plan.

The chairperson of the RSA, former Progressive Democrats TD Liz O'Donnell, wrote that the absence of "essential skills" was of concern and that it would be "remiss" of her not to advise him of her concerns.

She also emphasised that she remained "very concerned" that the board did not have "formal financial/accounting" expertise.

Pedestrians

Concerns about the RSA plan comes as the number of pedestrians killed on Irish roads rose to seven in the first three weeks of this year.

Four motorists have also been killed since the beginning of the month.

The latest victim has been named as Wayne O'Neill (38), who died after he was struck by a car while walking along a road at the weekend.

The accident happened on the N78 at Clonbrock, Crettyard, Co Laois, close to the border with Co Kilkenny, at 10pm on Saturday.

A female driver involved in the accident was not injured and gardai from Abbeyleix are investigating the incident.

Last week, Martin Finn (60) died after he was struck by an SUV while walking in west Dublin on Tuesday night.

He pushed his 18-year-old daughter to safety a split second before.

Mr Finn's widow has urged people out walking to wear high-vis clothing.

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