Kenny supports tragic mother's war on speeding
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has agreed to write to councils around the country to urge them to include an allocation for road safety measures in residential estates in their budgets.
It comes after Roseann Brennan, who began a road safety campaign following the death of her son Jake (6) last month, met with Mr Kenny yesterday.
"It was a good meeting and we had a discussion on opinions," Ms Brennan told the Herald.
"It lasted for around an hour and 20 minutes. The Taoiseach told me he would set up meetings with the Minister for Transport and the Minister for the Environment."
One of the key goals for Ms Brennan is the introduction of laws that would make it a requirement for all residential estates to have speed bumps.
She said such a requirement should be written into the planning laws.
Ms Brennan also wants speed limits cut to less than 30km in such estates, and has started the campaign as part of her son's legacy.
She said Mr Kenny agreed to write to councils to advise them to include a budget allocation for residential road safety, but he also told Ms Brennan and the supporters of her campaign that he could not compel them to do so.
"One thing that's important is that I want to get people to talk to their local councils, make sure that they allocate a budget for safety measures for children," she said.
Her meeting with the Taoiseach came after somebody passed on Mr Kenny's mobile phone number to her and she rang him several times.
He eventually agreed to meet with her.
Little Jake was killed as he played with friends on the road outside his house in the quiet family estate of Lintown Grove, outside Kilkenny, on June 12.
"It's like something is telling me 'no', he's not dying for nothing," Ms Brennan told the Herald earlier this month at the launch of her campaign.
Gardai are still investigating the circumstance surrounding Jake's death, and it has not been determined whether speeding played a role.
Ms Brennan has said she does not want to comment on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
But she has said that despite the tragedy that has befallen her family, she has witnessed cars driving at speed around her estate in the weeks since the accident.
"I see people speeding in the estate. Is our Jake's life not enough? Do we want more deaths? You should never speed in a housing estate," she said.
"We're campaigning that speed bumps are made a must, and not just any kind of speed bumps. You see some that don't slow cars down at all."
Ms Brennan also called for the introduction of a system where drivers who are seen to be driving at inappropriate speeds in housing estates can be reported to gardai.
"The gardai should be able to come out and have a word with a driver who has been reported a few times," she said.