EVER since Mary Harty was elected as a councillor in 1999 she fought for improvement works and speed restrictions in Dromkeen.
Deputy Patrick O’Donovan said her contribution should be remembered in the week that Limerick City and County Council has entered into a €0.5m contract with P&D Lydon Plant Hire Ltd for the construction of the N24 Dromkeen traffic calming scheme. Mary died last year after a brave battle with motor neurone disease.
“She was a champion for many years of the need to improve the N24. The traffic calming project had for a long time been a priority of Mary’s and before she died she would enquire from me as to the progress that was being made in getting funding for Dromkeen.
“I know many of the locals there deeply appreciate the work that Mary did in highlighting the condition of the N24 over many years,” said Mr O’Donovan.
The scheme involves the construction of traffic calming gateways, traffic calming islands, footpaths and bus bays, as well as the modification of an existing minor junction, the provision of additional public lighting and drainage works. Construction of the scheme is expected to commence shortly and is planned to be completed by June 2015.
Speaking at a meeting of the old Castleconnell local area in 2013, Cllr Harty said there had been countless near-misses at the junction in Dromkeen on the N24.
“There is a lot of traffic using that junction every day, as well as a regular bus service and school service stopping there. It is very busy and this work is long overdue. Some cars fly through there and it is very dangerous,” she said at the time.
Cllr Eddie Ryan, chair of the municipal district of Cappamore-Kilmallock, said the reduction of average vehicle speeds as a result of the traffic calming measures being introduced by the N24 Dromkeen traffic scheme will provide “immediate safety benefits” for the community of Dromkeen as well as all road users on the N24 national road. There are approximately 10,000 vehicles per day passing through the village.
“The provision of footpaths, improved public lighting and bus bays with shelters will benefit pedestrians and promote the use of public transport,” added Cllr Ryan.
This has been an ongoing issue in Dromkeen and surrounding parishes for many years, said Mr O’Donovan.
“For cars pulling into the petrol station, the furniture shop, or stopped in the middle of the road trying to turn right going into Kilteely from Limerick, or to turn right going to Cappamore from the Oola side - it is lethal,
“The road links the Cappamore area down into the rest of East Limerick through Kilteely. It is a very busy junction for people who pass through it,” said Mr O’Donovan.