County Limerick state solicitor calls for action on N21

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE COUNTY Limerick State Solicitor has urged Limerick County Council to take action on a section of main road near Adare which has become a trap for motorists undertaking traffic.

THE COUNTY Limerick State Solicitor has urged Limerick County Council to take action on a section of main road near Adare which has become a trap for motorists undertaking traffic.

Aidan Judge has described the current road layout on the N21 on the Limerick side of Adare as “most unsatisfactory”, as a motorists who live nearby and seek to divert on to an adjacent side road are being prosecuted by gardai.

Mr Judge raised his concerns at a recent sitting of Newcastle West Court, where two people were prosecuted for driving without reasonable consideration at Kilgobbin, Adare earlier this year.

On both occasions, the court heard, the drivers were approaching Adare when they came across a lengthy queue of traffic. As both drivers claimed they lived on a nearby rural road, they entered the hard shoulder and undertook the traffic with the intention of turning left when they were caught by gardai.

Mr Judge said that this is not the first time that members of the public feel that they are being unfairly prosecuted when they are trying to go home.

“A number of people have come to me and told me that there are instances when they can literally see their own house, but are stuck in this queue of traffic. [The road layout] is most unsatisfactory”.

Mr Judge said that Limerick County Council should give strong consideration to taking action which would allow local drivers to divert past the traffic without breaking the rules of the road.

Judge Mary Larkin, on foot of Mr Judge’s testimony, did not hand down a penalty to both drivers on the driving without reasonable consideration charge.

Supt Dan Flavin of Newcastle West gardai told the court that he “will bring the matter to the attention of Limerick County Council”.

If the county council roads department does decide to redesign the road, it will likely be twelve months before any progress can be made on the ground. As the N21 is a national primary route, ultimate responsibility for it lies with the National Roads Authority (NRA), who will have to approve and provide funding for any scheme.