McDonald slams Roads Service after Newry crash claims life

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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A man has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Dublin Road in Newry around 9:20am this morning. Police say the man is 51 year old Paul Connolly from Jonesborough.

The road remains closed between the Cloghe roundabout at the Forkhill Road and the border and diversions remain in place.

Anyone who witnessed the collision between a white Renault traffic van and a red Nissan Micra Spirita car is asked to contact police at Newry on 0845 600 8000.

Speaking to Newry Times, Sinn Fein councillor Packie McDonald slammed the Roads Service.

McDonald described the road as ‘treacherous’

“The exact details of the accident this morning are unclear, except for the fact that one man has lost his life.

“There has been a genuine fear of the state of the Old Dublin road. The council is aware of the history of accidents on this road and how it is untreated.

“I contacted Roads Service this morning as soon as news emerged that there was an accident and they again responded that it does not meet the criteria to grit the road.

“I travelled on this road this morning and it was treacherous, local residents are concerned that this road has been abandoned.

McDonald added, “I have been consistently campaigning for the Old Dublin road to be gritted as there is a heavy flow of traffic travelling on this road. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they try to come to terms with the terrible news of this man’s sudden death.”


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