Further lives are at risk due to the prevalence of deer on Kerry roads.
That’s according to a deputation of residents from Ballydowney and Fossa who addressed the recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
The deputation was brought by independent councillor Brendan Cronin.
Gillian Hughes, David O’Doherty and Sergeant Michael Murphy spoke on behalf of the residents and outlined that deer have already cost lives within their community and continue to pose a serious danger.
They called for LED flashing lights to warn people of the prevalence of deer, while also highlighting the need to cut back roadside vegetation and erect a fence to prevent deer jumping out in front of cars.
An emotional Ms Hughes spoke about the loss of her sister Paula who died aged 23, her inquest heard a deer was the probable cause of the accident. She told the meeting it was too late for her and other families who have already lost loved ones, but said they don’t want to see the same thing happening again.
Both Mr O’Doherty and Sergeant Murphy highlighted the prevalence of deer in this area, adding it’s a constant danger.
Sergeant Murphy outlined the Ballydowney and Fossa areas, along with the Muckross to Ladies View road appear to be the most prevalent for accidents involving deer. He also told the meeting that in 2016 there were 10 material damage accidents reported, which increased to 23 in 2018.
Kerry County Council Engineer John Ahern said a safety improvement scheme is being prepared for Ballydowney/Fossa which includes the control of deer. He acknowledged this scheme isn’t progressing fast enough and made a commitment to advance flashing signage to warn of deer.
Senior Engineer at the Road’s Office in Kerry County Council, Paul Curry said fencing here would be a challenge but agreed that interim measures would be needed.
The Killarney MD councillors also agreed to write to the National Parks and Wildlife Service to seek a meeting on the issue.