North Tipperary County Council has been urged to put a safety barrier at a stretch of road that claimed the life of a young Thurles man.
Philip Crowe, 23, a carpenter from Graneira, Milestone, Thurles, died after his car left the road at Bantiss near Cloughjordan on Friday, April 26, at around 6pm.
“About four years ago I looked for a barrier at this spot and was told it was too expensive,” Cllr Jim Casey told Nenagh area council. “There was a chap killed there in April when his vehicle went off the road. Do we put a price on life and injuries?”
He said that that it was not the first incident as there had been at least four such incidents in the past four years.
And the FF councillor suggested that the cost of paying gardai, the fire services and the ambulance service to attend the incidents would have more than met the cost of putting in a barrier.
“That area is a death trap. Does someone need to be killed before we take action,” he said, urging that the council “take a serious look at it to protect the public. There have been so many near deaths from vehicles that went in there.”
He was backed by Cllr Michael O’Meara, Ind, who said: “Anybody who travels it knows how dangerous it is.”
The county Mayor suggested that resurfacing work may have raised the height of the road and asked for urgent action to be taken.
Cllr Seamus Morris, SF, said it was unfortunate they were discussing the issue after someone had been killed.
He also pointed to how resurfacing may have contributed to the height of the road and said while it was a straight stretch of road, it was a bog road and the camber was not great.
Fine Gael councillor Ger Darcy told the meeting there was “an awful history of accidents at Bantiss”, and that any bad weather “leads to a dangerous situation”.
He said that there were “huge” health and safety issues within the council itself, but when it came to providing a barrier “we are restrained by cost”.
Area engineer Peter Fee pointed out that with a lot of areas, the council was restricted because of a narrow verge where there was no room for barriers. He said the council could then have to look at filling in culverts or getting land from landowners.
The council offered their sympathies to the family of Mr Crowe.