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Kerry County Council and the Department of Heritage are to improve sight lines and signage along a stretch of road where a woman was killed in a road traffic accident almost two years ago.
Red Deer Stag During Rutting Season. Photograph taken by John Delea of the Wild Deer Association.
It was claimed at the inquest into the death of Killorglin woman, Susan von der Geest that deer on the road may have caused her to swerve and crash into a tree at Ballydowney.
The south Kerry coroner had asked that remedial action be taken to address the dangers posed to motorists by deer on part of the main Killorglin to Killarney road. 47 year-old Susan von der Geest from Killorglin died on January 6th, 2014 when the car in which she was travelling left the road and struck a tree at Ballydowney.
At the inquest into her death, coroner Terence Casey asked that more fencing be erected to prevent deer from coming onto the road.
On the morning of the inquest, he had visited the scene of the accident and found there to be inadequate barriers to confine deer to the National Park along the busy N72 road towards Fossa.
Mr Casey also suggested that additional signage was needed in the area to warn motorists about the danger of straying deer, calls which were echoed by Ms von der Geest’s husband, Donal Moroney.
Kerry County Council is now liaising with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to fund improved sight lines and enhance warning signage at the location.
The Department of Heritage said meanwhile that fencing would not be practical for several reasons, including that some deer are capable of knocking fences; that the presence of deer is not confined to the National Park; and that erecting fencing at just some locations would not solve the problem.