Updated: 27/07/17 : 05:17:47
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Death road killer stretch, upgrade demanded

THE ROAD stretch on which a Sligo town native died last Friday has seen eight tragedies in recent years.

In the past few months 700 signatures were collected in a campaign to have some of its nastier aspects cleaned up.

A meeting scheduled some time ago between Transport Minister Shane Ross and some local councillors re the road was deferred earlier this week due to Friday's deaths.

Strengthened Case

The three who died in last week's crash were: Margaret McGonigle (69), Mairead Mundy (37) and Racheal Cassidy Battles (39), all of Ballyloughan, Bruckless, south Donegal.

They died following a three car collision near Aclint Bridge, outside Ardee, Co Louth.

Margaret Mc Gonigle was formerly Margaret Mc Kenna of St Brigid's Place Sligo.

She was daughter of the late Anthony 'Gully' Mc Kenna and May (nee Burnside) and predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Details in the Dundalk Democrat regional newspaper this week show last Friday's accident has strengthened the case for a major upgrade of the N2 heading north.

Since the turn of last year, says the paper, eight people have died on the N2 between Hunterstown and Castleblayney.

A multi vehicle collision also happened earlier this year outside Ardee, on the same route.

Margaret McGonigle (left), her daughter, Mairead Mundy and Racheal Battles died at the scene

Major Link

Local Sinn Fein councillor Noel Keelan estimates a traffic throughput of 10,000 to 11,000 cars per day.

''This is a major link to the north and the northwest,'' he points out, but says that currently ''the N2 is a death trap.''

Before last week's accident he and Independent colleague Jim Tenanty had already scheduled a meeting with Transport Minister Shane Ross.

They want the road northwards from Ardee upgraded to dual carriageway or motorway status.

Cllr Tenanty said the stretch north of Ardee was already known to the Government as ''a high collision location.''

Near Misses

The man who had already collected signatures seeking improvements along the N2 stretch said ''it's a lethal road.''

Trevor Kerley added: ''There have been a host of very bad accidents in the last few years. 

''Near misses are guaranteed every day,'' added the local resident.