Councillor Michael Cahill has called on Kerry County Council to carryout sight improvement works to the extremely dangerous junction at Shanacloon Cross, Kilgobnet, Beaufort as a matter of priority.

Councillor Cahill said residents in Beaufort have been highlighting this hazardous junction for many years and are most anxious that safety improvement works are carried out at the earliest possible date.
“It is imperative that this dangerous junction is improved before any further accidents occur at this location,” he said.
“This is a busy junction in Beaufort and locals are extremely concerned that someone will be seriously injured or killed at this location if action is not taken.”

Senior Roads Engineer, Padraic Teahan said that minor works at this location would be suitable for funding through the Councillor Specific Municipal District Operations fund.

“Any works proposed would require the permission of the landowner. An estimate can be prepared upon request.”

Mr Teahan said alternatively the location may be considered for submission to the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport under the Safety Improvement Works Scheme. However, the Road Safety Authority website indicates that there have been no recorded accidents at this junction since 2005 which does not support the case for a more significant project at this junction.

Councillor Cahill said he was aware of a couple of accidents that occurred at this location and had passed on a number of photographs in respect of same. The Rossbeigh Councillor requested that an estimate be prepared for the required works.