Paschal Donohoe with Jake's Law campaigner at the gates of the Dail

Jake’s Law vigil mother meets minister

Photograph of transport minister with  Jake's Law campaigner Roseann Brennan and husband Christian.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe with the Brennans

ROSEANN Brennan with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe on the day before TDs are due to vote on Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2015.

The 30-year-old and husband Christopher want the law changed to reduce speed limits in public and private housing estates to 20kph.

The legal speed limit is currently 50kph but local authorities have the option of imposing limits of 30kph in residential areas.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe in a photograph outside Dail talking to campaigners on Jake's Law
Jake’s father Christopher listens to Minister Donohoe outside the Dail.

The Brennans launched the campaign after their six-year-old Jake was knocked down and killed was playing outside their Lintown Grove home in Co Kilkenny last June 12 at 6.25pm – the time tomorrow the couple and their friends will end their three-day vigil outside the gates of the Dail.

pix-jakeslawRINAP2-1Earlier this week, she told the Irish Times: ’I heard a loud bang and I saw him being flung-up in the air.

‘I ran over and he collapsed in my arms.

‘He was telling me, “mammy, I don’t want to die”.’

Although she has met Minister Donohue five times during her campaign, she decided to take the campaign to the gates of the Dail because she felt she was getting fobbed off.

She says she has previously been told it would ‘take many years’ for the speed limits on residential estates to be reduced to a mandatory 20kph.

pix-jakeslawRINAP1-1Their campaign is backed by Sinn Fein’s Dessie Ellis and Mary Lou McDonald, who – along with other TDs – will debate the issue again tomorrow before the vote Wednesday night.

Photograph of Roseann saying goodbye to Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe at the gates of the Dail

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