MOTORWAY SAFETY FEARS OVER TRAVELLERS CAMP
Fears for the safety of the Travellers themselves and motorway traffic have led to calls by local residents for a group of Travellers who have camped off exit 12 on the M8 at Kilbehenny to move off the busy road. Three caravans and a number of vans parked on the road have even placed their own traffic cones on the site in an effort to warn oncoming traffic.
Cork county councillor, Noel McCarthy is very concerned about the perils involved: “This is a very dangerous situation, the Travellers need to move on for their own safety and that of the hundreds of M8 road users who exit the motorway at this point to travel to Mitchelstown and beyond. Many tour buses heading for Limerick and Kerry use this exit everyday as well as articulated lorries and other heavy vehicles. It is an accident waiting to happen,” he told The Avondhu.
Residents in the area are also concerned about the health and safety implications associated with a Traveller’s camp at the side of the road.
“Many local farmers are seeing rubbish and other material dumped on their land. There are no facilities of any kind on this road and the area is being left in a terrible state,” one local person, who did not wish to be identified, told The Avondhu.
Cllr Noel McCarthy said that he would be bringing the situation to the attention of Cork County Council at the forthcoming Northern committee meeting.
“It will be far worse if someone is hurt or killed at this exit to the M8,” Cllr McCarthy said.
Thursday 14th April 7:36pm