Cockhill Bridge protest goes to Lifford

PAGE 8 Cockhill Action GroupTHE COCKHILL Bridge Action Group, and 2,000 other local people, is calling on Donegal County Council to build a pedestrian footbridge.

At last Friday’s first meeting of the new-look Donegal County Council, the action group protested outside the County House in Lifford calling on all the new councillors to sign their 2,000-signature strong petition before handing it to the county manager, Seamus Neeley.

Outside the County House, representatives from the group held up posters and placards in a peaceful but effective protest. The posters read: ‘Welcome to amazing disgrace country – Cockhill Bridge unsafe for our children to cross’.

Group spokesperson John O’Keeffe said it is high time that road safety measures are installed that the notorious junction, adding that it is not a road improvement issue, but a road safety issue.

“We are looking for a pedestrian bridge to be erected at Cockhill immediately,” said Mr. O’Keeffe. “A large number of new housing estates were built at the other side of the bridge in recent years meaning more and more children and parents with prams are crossing the bridge every day.

“The bridge in its current form is very dangerous and we are afraid that someone will be hurt crossing it, it’s a miracle that someone hasn’t been hurt on the bridge already.”

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.

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