Cavan and Monaghan are among the most dangerous counties in Ireland when it comes to road deaths. That's acording to figures provided by PARC; An Garda Siochana; and the Road Safety Authority which show that both counties recorded five deaths each on the roads during 2022.
Sligo is now being classed as the most dangerous county in Ireland with six deaths on the county’s road so far this year - an increase of five on last year. Co Monaghan has witnessed a rate of 7.72 fatal collisions per 100,000 population.
Cllr Paudge Connolly said a poor roads system in the county has been a concern for local representatives for years. He pointed out that there had been plans for a by-pass from Clontibret to the Border but that has been re-shelved due to funding.
Cllr Connolly added that the N2 was the most problematic road in the county and was one that has been underfunded for years. "The Minister for Transport or his representatives need to answer the question, Why?
"Why is Monaghan not being prioritised? The N2 is a long section of road and it has been chronically underfunded. Yet several times different Taoisigh have paid lip service to cross-border projects," he said.
Meanwhile, a total of 138 people have died on Irish roads so far this year - 20 more than the same period last year. The group says it is concerned about the disproportionate number of elderly drivers dying in collisions both as motorists and pedestrians.