Visually-impaired child 'listening to cars going over manhole' to cross road to Kilkenny school

Cllr David Kennedy seeking road safety improvements in Ballyhale


'It’s the only school with no safety lights; there’s not even a flashing light'

A visually-impaired child is having to listen for cars going over a manhole cover to know when it’s safe to cross the road to get to school, according to local councillor David Kennedy.

Cllr Kennedy told Friday’s meeting of the Kilkenny City Municipal District, that there is no pedestrian crossing, 'slow down'  signage, traffic-calming or lights at the Ballyhale side of Scoil Aireagail, where the student attends.

“They are relying on a car to hit a manhole 250m down the road,” he said.

“It’s the only school with no safety lights; there’s not even a flashing light. I’m appealing now to sort this out for this family.”

Area engineer Emir Slattery said there was currently no funding in place for works, but the council could look at it potentially in conjunction with works on the Ballyhale-Knocktopher Road.

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