Council consider safety measures at site of Limerick student’s tragic road death

Limerick Labour Party councillor Elena Secas.

LIMERICK City and County Council are considering safety measures for the narrow footpath and bus stop on the Dublin Road where a student tragically lost his life on October 13 last year.

Labour Party councillor Elena Secas has made representations in recent years for the narrow footpath on Dublin Road in Castletroy to be widened.

“Unfortunately, each time the council’s response wasn’t a positive one,” she told the Limerick Post this week. “We shouldn’t have waited for something to happen to consider safety measures at this location.”

In the wake of the tragedy last October when University of Limerick journalism student Joe Drennan lost his life, Cllr Secas has renewed her representations. Now, the council are to seek funding for the road to be widened in the next available Sustainable Transportation Measures Scheme, with a view also to upgrading the bus stop facility at the Dublin Road.

“I welcome that funding is now sought for this project and I urge the council to improve the public lighting at the bus stop at this location as visibility is very poor when it’s dark,” she added.

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Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Pond asked the council this week to erect a plaque in memory of the tragic UL student on the spot where he died.

In response, Senior Executive Officer Laura Flannery commented that “any proposal for the erection of a plaque will entail the completion of a civic memorial application form, which is then submitted for consideration and approval by the council’s Civic Memorial and Public Art Technical Committee”.

“Other factors to be considered include the funding available for any proposed civic memorial, planning approval if applicable, and the possible consent of the landowner to the erection of a civic memorial.”