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Friday 17 August 2018

'We tried to raise alarm over trees that killed Lynda'

THE ACCIDENT which killed devoted mother-of-three Lynda Collins could have been avoided, a Dublin city councillor claimed.

The tragedy might not have happened if a council request had been acted on by the Government, Cllr Mary Freehill (Lab) told the Herald.

She said she had proposed bye-laws be enacted to control "very high and dangerous trees on private property".

"We discovered that Dublin City Council doesn't have the power to enact such bye-laws so the council wrote to Department of Justice requesting legislation," she added.

Ms Freehill (inset right) said the request was forwarded to the Department of the Environment in April 2010.

The council wrote to the environment department in June asking for a meeting to discuss the issue and followed this up with two further requests in September and November, she added.

However, no meeting was arranged.

A spokesman for Dublin City Council said the local authority always acts promptly when notified by members of the public of trees in a dangerous condition or when its parks department identifies such hazards.

comurphy@herald.ie

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