« Back‘Heart-stopping near misses’ outside busy south Kerry schools

A county councillor says she has witnessed many heart-stopping near misses involving cars and pedestrians outside two schools on a busy road in south Kerry.

Pedesterian Crossing - Tralee

Councillors have been asked by representatives of a primary and secondary school in Kenmare to prioritise safety on the road outside the schools where they say an accident is waiting to happen.

Councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District heard calls for a widening of Railway Road in Kenmare.

Principal of St John’s national school, Denis Courtney, said the road is dangerous for pupils; there are no safety barriers; and pupils can’t be encouraged to walk to school.

On behalf of the nearby Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, parent Bernie O’Sullivan said there are 1,000 young people coming onto the road between the two schools.

She won’t allow her daughter walk to school because it is so dangerous, she said.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, who’s a teacher at Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, said she had witnessed many heart-stopping near misses over the years.

Senior engineer, Padraig Teahan said the council regarded the matter as a priority for widening but said funding for local roads had been cut by 50 percent since 2008.

He said €100,000 would be required for the project which could be funded over the course of two years, 2016 and 2017.