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Kathleen Funchion calls for cross party support for Jake’s Law

16 February, 2015 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin Councillor and candidate for the upcoming Carlow/Kilkenny by-election Kathleen Funchion, has called on all parties in the Oireachtas to support the The Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2015, also known as Jake’s Law.

Jake’s Law is named after Jake Brennan, a young boy who died when hit by a car in a Kilkenny housing estate.  It is designed to reduce speed limits in housing estates to 20 km per hour and will be debated in the Dáil this week as Sinn Féin will use its Private Member's time to introduce the bill.

Cllr Funchion said;

“I urge all parties to support this bill which will help safeguard our children. The tragedy that has befallen Jake’s family is heart-breaking.  I commend their bravery in campaigning for speed limits in housing estates, so that other families may not have to suffer what they have gone through.

“I have met Rosie and Chris Brennan on a few occasions and I fully admire their courage and tenacity, especially in the face of such huge loss. Jake meant the world to them. Their campaign is selfless, noble and for an incredibly worthy cause. To prevent even one accident would make all the tireless campaigning worthwhile.

“A motion to introduce speed ramps was passed in Kilkenny City Council last year, and it was supported by all political parties. However, without national legislation, enforcing protective road traffic measures is difficult.

“I am therefore calling on all parties to support the Sinn Féin Private Members Bill in the Dáil this week. This is a cause far greater than party politics. The sooner that the bill can be drafted into law, the better.

“If legislated for Jake’s Law could help prevent similar devastating accidents from happening in future, and ensure that little Jake Brennan’s legacy means greater protection to families and children the length and breadth of the country”

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