New Speed Changes Have Had “No Impact On Driver Behaviour” – Harty

Clare’s Independent TD has spoken out in favour of speed limit reductions on the Ennis-Kilrush Road.

Concerns have been expressed that recent speed limit changes have led to more risky driver behaviour, and even a potential impact on the overall economy.

Now, two local councillors want the matter to be further reviewed.


Anger has been expressed by many in West Clare in in recent weeks, after a number of changes were introduced on the 43 kilometre Ennis-Kilrush road.

Following a two year consultation process, involving the Council and TII, there are now 11 different speed limit changes on the route, with the main limit of 100 kilometres per hour cut to 80.

This has led some to claim that there’s been an increase in risky overtaking moves by drivers who feel they’re under increased time pressure, and even prompted claims that it could be a turn-off for investors.

Kilmihil-based TD Dr Michael Harty doesn’t agree.

Clare County Council is now being called on to carry out another review of speed limits on the route.

Two local councillors; Independent Ian Lynch and Fianna Fáil’s Cillian Murphy, believe the speed on approach roads into Kilkee and Kilrush is too high.

The local authority is to liaise with the TII on the matter – it, in turn, says it will continue to work collaboratively with the Council on the issue.

Councillor Murphy’s own son survived a serious accident on the Kilrush road, when he was a child, and he says he’s walking proof that reducing speed saves lives.