Road clo­sure would ‘cut off com­mu­nity’

Irish Independent - - News - Olivia Kelle­her

THE pos­si­ble clo­sure of a junc­tion on the main Cork to Lim­er­ick road where two US tourists were killed would re­sult in lo­cal res­i­dents be­ing “cut off from the com­mu­nity”.

Cork County Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of the Water­loo junc­tion and will en­gage in pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion about the mat­ter.

This fol­lows on from the death of Amer­i­can tourists, Jim Baker (62) of In­di­ana and Peggy Sue Adams (59) from Ohio, who were killed when their car was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a truck on the N20 at Water­loo Junc­tion just north of Blar­ney in Co Cork on Septem­ber 11 last year.

How­ever, res­i­dents in Water­loo, near Blar­ney, Co Cork, say the pos­si­ble clo­sure is caus­ing them great dis­tress.

Broad­caster Jonathan Healy, who lives lo­cally, says that if the junc­tion closes, it would en­tail a 30km round trip for some to schools, and GAA clubs.

“Peo­ple are shocked and an­gered by the pro­posed clo­sure,” he said.

A pub­lic meet­ing is be­ing or­gan­ised this week to which all lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be in­vited.

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