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Cllr injures shoulder and says roads aren't fit for purpose

October 4th, 2018 5:11 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Cllr Mary Hegarty (FG)

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A COUNTY councillor has recalled how an articulated lorry ‘came bearing down on her’ after it rounded a bend on a small rural road and forced her to pull into the ditch. 

Cllr Mary Hegarty (FG), who injured her shoulder in the incident, raised the issue of her road traffic accident on a narrow bend 2km outside Crookstown because ‘so many others have had a similarly distressing experience.’

Speaking at the Western Division meeting, Cllr Hegarty claimed the road network where the accident happened is ‘not fit for purpose.’

She said she was aware that she had done some damage to her car, but only became aware of the full extent of the damage after enlisting the assistance of Gda Pat Lawlor at the nearby Farnanes Garda Station.

The councillor said the vehicle had to be towed because of the damage done to the wheels and the tyres, and she also sustained an injury to her shoulder.

In raising the issue at a Council meeting, Cllr Hegarty said she wanted to highlight the fact that the route taken by articulated trucks from Cork to Crookstown to Coppeen and on to the Bantry line through Kealkil to Ballylickey, Glengarriff and Castletownbere, has become increasingly dangerous. She appealed to the Council to speed up Bantry’s proposed by-pass and urged motorists to ‘take care on the roads.’

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