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Concerns mounting over accident blackspot in Mountmellick

A seventh motor accident has occurred within two months outside a dangerous bend in the Acragar area of Mountmellick.

Last month, a local councillor claimed that people, ‘are living in fear of their lives’ towards an accident blackspot in Mountmellick.

After what cllr Paddy Bracken called ‘another serious accident’ happened in the location last Saturday, he raised the issue again at this month’s Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting.

“There is the potential to be a tragedy there,” said cllr Bracken. “There have been seven accidents in the last six, seven or eight weeks.”

Cllr Bracken stated the urgency of installing traffic calming/safety measures at the dangerous bend.

In last month’s Municipal District meeting, he said: “There has been numerous accidents at this location, including up to last Saturday evening.”

“There’s a fear there that there will be a fatality there. It’s pure luck that no-one was killed. It certainly needs major safety works,” said cllr Bracken.

“It’s a cause of great concern,” he added.

In a written response last month, acting senior engineer Farhan Nasiem said, “Road Design personnel will examine the location and prepare a report.

“Chevrons would be required to highlight the approaching bend.”

The area is particularly busy with the flow of people attending Acragar GAA for matches and trainings in the evenings and at weekends

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