Safety fears at viewing area

Meetings have been held regarding how funding for safety-related schemes are prioritised

KERRY County Council’s Roads Design Office is to examine the most up-to-date accident statistics close to a popular viewing area on the Ring of Kerry road after concerns were voiced by a local councillor.

Cllr Michael Cahill had called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Fáilte Ireland to introduce emergency safety measures, as a matter of priority, at viewing areas between Mountain Stage in Glenbeigh and Kells Bay.

He said he had received numerous reports of accidents and near misses from members of the public.

Cllr Michael Cahill: raised the issue

“This is a major health and safety matter and I am extremely concerned that someone will be seriously injured or killed,” Cllr Cahill said.

“Visitors from all over the world are pulling in and out of these viewing areas and they have no understanding of the dangers”.

A Kerry County Council official said meetings have been held with Transport Infrastructure Ireland regarding how funding for safety-related schemes are prioritised and allocated to local authorities.

This section of the N70 national secondary route has not been identified as a priority location but the council can submit locations for examination where there would be a high incidence of road traffic accidents recorded.

“The Road Design Office will examine the most up-to-date accident statistics on this section of the N70 to determine if a submission is warranted,” a spokesperson said.

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