Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today joined the family and supporters of Jake Brennan, a young boy who lost his life when he was hit be a car outside his home in a Kilkenny housing estate, to launch The Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2015 – ‘Jake’s Law’.
Sinn Féin will use its Private Members Time in the Dáil next week to debate the bill which seeks to reduce the speed limit in housing estates to 20km per hour.
Deputy McDonald was also joined at the launch by Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis and Kilkenny County Councillor Kathleen Funchion.
Speaking at the launch she said;
“As a mother I can’t begin to comprehend the tragedy that has befallen the Brennan family with the loss of young Jake.
“The Jake’s Legacy campaign is a credit to Jake’s parents Rosie and Chris and to the wider family and their supporters.
“To pick themselves up and campaign for a law that would help prevent another family from going through their trauma is an extremely courageous thing to do and I commend them for it.
“I am happy to say that we will be bringing Jake’s Law to the floor of the Dáil next week and we will be seeking cross party support for it.
“The Taoiseach, the Transport Minister Paschal Donohue and Environment Minister Alan Kelly have all shown support for Jake’s Legacy so I hope that this will pass through the Oireachtas speedily.
“This is not a party political issue. It deserves the support of all parties and none and I trust we will get it in the Dáil this week.”