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Call for Changes to Dangerous Killeagh Junction

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Fine Gael Cllr Michael Hegarty has led a call by Cork County Council to have Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) improve safety at a dangerous new junction in East Cork.

Since the National Roads Authority improved motoring conditions in Killeagh there have been a string of accidents at the dangerous ninety degree bend on the eastern side of the village.

On Sunday evening two people were involved in a crash that caused lengthy queues, with motor police implementing a stop go system for a time.

“There is something seriously wrong there. TII are well aware of it, and it is high time they rectify and resolve it once and for all before there is a serious fatality or worse” Cllr Hegarty told the Council Executive.

Fianna Fail Cllr James O’Connor, a Killeagh resident, said he would also like to see TII “immediately investigate and rectify” the road surface.

He said “the Church wall has been blown in not once, but twice, in the space of three weeks.”

Also supporting the move Cllr Noel Collins said the Road Safety Authority should have a role in the investigations.

He said “we have far too much tragedy on that road and the RSA should investigate immediately. Their own policies are there to guide and administer, and I hope they will administer where Killeagh is concerned.”

Since 16 February there have been four separate single vehicle accidents in the area just beyond the Thatch pub.

The latest incident occurred on Sunday evening, 21 July, requiring the two occupants of the vehicle being cut out by emergency services. Luckily no one was seriously injured.

Killeagh is located on one of the busiest sections of the N25, the County’s main artery east, recording over 15,000 traffic movements daily.

Sunday’s accident occurred just 24 hours after a fatal accident at Lisacrue, between Killeagh and Castlemartyr, where a motorcyclist lost his life.

An elderly couple, who were not injured in that accident, were brought to CUH for assessment.