19 May 2022

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The proposed installation of digital speed signs get mixed response in Kinnitty

The news of the imminent installation of digital speed signs at both ends of Kinnitty village has been greeted with mixed reactions from residents, with some calling for speed ramps as an alternative. Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary Carol Nolan announced the sign proposals on Facebook earlier today.

She stated: "I have been raising the issue of speeding traffic in Kinnitty for some time, and I spoke to the engineer yesterday about the serious problem with speeding traffic in the village. I can now confirm that there will be digital speed signs put at each end of Kinnitty village very soon."

The signs, common in many Irish towns and villages, display a driver's speed to them as they approach and they are used as a deterrent to the offence. In Kinnitty, Carol Nolan revealed the portable signs will be shared with other nearby villages, but when in Kinnitty, will be located close to the hurling field and near the graveyard.

"These signs will be portable and shared around the area as it is felt that after a period of time drivers become complacent and disregard the speed signs," Nolan wrote. "I was informed that the sockets for these signs were installed last Friday and that they should be in place within the next few weeks. I want to thank my colleague Cllr Sean Maher for also raising this issue and I hope that this measure will resolve the problem and make Kinnitty village a safer place for children and elderly people," she concluded.

However, a number of residents responded to Deputy Nolan, suggesting that these signs are largely ignored and that ramps are required to control the speed of traffic in the affected areas heading in and out of Kinnitty. "From what I've experienced with them in Kilyon, the majority of cars don't mind these signs at all, and they simply ignore them. It's a few ramps that's badly needed, especially a pedestrian crossing, in our village," Jim Roberts responded.

Hilda O'Brien agreed and said, "I am after having a few near incidents at the top of the walk road. There's no view on your left coming from the hurling field and cars are travelling too fast, but I reckon a ramp would slow a lot of the cars down."

Seamus O'Brien went further and wrote: "Ramps are what's wanted there. It's only a matter of time before a major incident happens outside the school. He also praised Carol Nolan for her efforts and urged her to "keep up the good work."

However, one of those replying to the TD's announcement, Austin Dempsey, welcomed the signs and said,"the same needs to be done in Cadamstown as someone is going to be killed or seriously injured. Both cars and heavy trucks have many a near miss taking the turn at the bridge at high speed."

Deputy Nolan indicated that she believes the signs will be in place in the coming weeks.


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