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New speed limits in north cork estates

Thursday, 12th February, 2015 12:00am

Low 30kph speed limits are to be introduced in five North Cork housing estates on a pilot basis this year, in order to help reduce speed and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and children.

This initiative is being implemented nationwide in all local authorities on a pilot basis, arising from a circular issued by the Minister for Transport Pascal Donoghue last year, responding to a public call for lower speed limits in housing estates throughout the country.

The estates in which a 30kph speed limit will be put in place within the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District are Gouldshill Estate in Mallow, Eagle View in Banteer, Drishane View in Millstreet, St Theresa's Place in Kanturk and Dr Pat O'Callaghan Park in Kanturk.

"I very much support this initiative and I believe strongly it will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and pedestrian within these estates. If this proposed 30kph speed limit is a success, further estates can follow suit in future years," said Cllr John Paul O'Shea, Chairman of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District.

"Staff from the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District will, in the coming weeks, erect the new signage within the estates involved. Local consultation will be key to making this a success and we will be working with all key stakeholders such as resident associations and the Gardai to ensure we can make this a success."

Jake Brennan was a six year old boy who was knocked down by a car outside his home in Kilkenny last summer. Upon discovering that the legal speed limit within most housing estates was 30kph, Jake's mother Roseann and her family set up Jake's Legacy in an effort to have this matter addressed locally and nationally.

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