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Priest's anger over speed sign
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The new speed limit has angered parents at a Donegal school
A Donegal priest has threatened to take the law into his own hands and tear down a speed sign outside a local school.

Father Joe O'Donnell, manager of Lurgybrack Primary School, outside Letterkenny said a new 100 kilometre speed sign was the limit for angry parents.

And if Donegal County Council does not act quickly to ensure the safety of school children, he will act himself, he has warned.

Lurgybrack PS is situated close to a very busy main road between Letterkenny and Ballybofey which sees thousands of cars and lorries hurtle past every day.

"We have been campagning with the urban council and the national roads authority for nine years to get something done to ease the problem because it is located so close to the main road and the traffic is going down very often at very high speeds," Father O'Donnell said.

"When you think of 320 children leaving between 2pm and 3pm every evening during the week, it is an accident ready to happen. It's not a matter of if, but when."

When a new 100 kilometre sign was erected this week, it merely rubbed salt in the wound as the speed limit has effectively increased from 60mph to 62mph.

It is not a law when someone goes and puts a 100kph sign outside our school, that is not a law
Fr Joe O'Donnell

Donegal County Council director of roads John McLaughlin said the council was well aware of the problems outside the school and hoped to address them very soon.

But Father O'Donnell said he had waited long enough.

"This has been nine years we have been campaigning for something to improve the situation at our school. Nothing has happened so far.

And he said, he personally would be taking down the sign on Friday even if that meant breaking the law.

"It is not a law when someone goes and puts a 100 km sign outside our school, that is not a law," he argued.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland motorists travelling across the Irish border are being warned to be aware of changes in the country's speed signs.

This week the signage in the Republic will change from miles per hour to kilometres per hour.





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