A small child is lucky to be alive after she was hit by a car as she was walking in a housing estate. Residents of the Ballentree estate in Tyrrelstown, northwest Dublin, were horrified to learn that the three-year-old girl had been knocked down.
She was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital foll- owing the incident in Ballentree Grove shortly before 8.15pm on Sunday.
It is understood she suffered minor injuries.
The area where the accident happened is part of a large estate full of families with young children. Many believe traffic issues have been getting worse in recent years. Local parents issued appeals yesterday for new traffic safety measures to be installed at the estate.
Locals who spoke to the Herald said they did not know how the accident had happened.
They offered their best wishes to the family of the young child and also to the driver of the car.
Residents are angry because they have been calling for some time for the installation of speed ramps, improved traffic roundabouts and action to curb parking to make the area safer for young children.
A number of parents yesterday urged Fingal County Council to take immediate action to make the estate safer for the large number of children who live there.
Father-of-three James Mulvaney (51) said everyone in the estate was hoping the child makes a speedy recovery.
"People want measures to be introduced to make local roads safer," he said.
"I've been living here 16 years and the traffic is getting worse.
"People have been seeking speed ramps and other measures on this estate.
"Also, something has to be done to improve parking as some vehicles are left on footpaths, which means mothers with buggies have to go out on to the roads.
"The roads are narrow and, when people don't use designated parking spaces, there's a worry that fire engines wouldn't be able to get through."
Father-of-four Frank Donahoe (40) said: "Something needs to be done.
"There are at least 150 kids in this area and in the summertime the roads are thronged with children because they have nowhere else to play.
"A playground is too far away for the younger children to visit. When the estate was built, they didn't provide enough green space for all the children to play on.
"People just hope that a life will not be lost before improvements are made."
A 48-year-old mother-of-two said parents on the estate are very worried that there could be another accident on the roads there.
It is difficult for drivers to see young children if there are several cars parked on the estate's narrow roads, she told the Herald.
"The main thing is that the child is going to be okay ," said a 39-year-old father-of-two.
"There needs to be a lot of improvements in the estate, including improved roundabouts."