Calls made for speed reduction measures on dangerous road following tragic death of Craig
Craig Hunter Power

Calls made for speed reduction measures on dangerous road following tragic death of Craig

CALLS have been made for speed reduction measures on the lower portion of Ballyfermot Road/Sarsfield Road, following the recent death of a young man earlier this month, reports Maurice Garvey.

Palmerstown resident, Craig Hunter Power, was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a horror collision with a wall and pole on Sarsfield Road on October 3, succumbing to his injuries at St James Hospital. He was due to celebrate his 21st in the week after the crash.

Cllr Vincent Jackson said residents contacted local public representatives following the tragedy.

He said key requests are to install traffic islands similar to Upper Ballyfermot Road, additional signage, speed cushions/rumple strips, “basically any measures which can reduce the potential of accidents”.

Cllr Hazel De Nortúin (PBP) said she used to live at the bend on the road and “you would nearly be taking your life in your own hands trying to get in and out of the garden.”

She said Sarsfield Rd/St Laurence Road is an “awkward junction” and wants the city council to do an inspection.

“There is a left down to Chapelizod, a left hand turn into residential, then there is the garage, and into the pitch and putt club, the whole lot of it there seems to be a bit of a black spot, because of the lesser development in the lower end of Ballyfermot,” said Cllr De Nortúin.

Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF) fears that the issue could get lost in the system for years and urged the city council to provide a “speedy response”.

Cllr Jackson said residents on Sarsfield and Ballyfermot Road are currently working on a petition and there is a “huge amount of concern in the area.”

Condolences were expressed by local councillors towards the victim and his family.

“We hope that this will be the one and only accident and we learn from this,” said Cllr Jackson.

Dublin City Council said they are currently liasing with gardai in relation to the fatal accident, and “whatever comes out of that will be actioned”.