Councillor: ‘A miracle no-one was killed’

ROBBERY. . . .Harkin's Grocery/Newsagents shop, Muff, scene of a robbery at the weekend. DER2315MC008

ROBBERY. . . .Harkin's Grocery/Newsagents shop, Muff, scene of a robbery at the weekend. DER2315MC008

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Councillor Rena Donaghey, chairperson of the Inishowen Municipal District has said she has had a number of calls from concerned locals who are seeking a greater Garda presence in Muff.

This follows many recent incidents and break-ins and in particular, last Saturday nigh’s incident when a van collided with motorists in the village.

Six people were hospitalised and Colr. Donaghey said it was “by the grace of God no-one was killed.”

She said: “Six people in a people-carrier had been hit by a reckless, irresponsible driver, thought to be driving a van which was stolen earlier in nearby Quigley’s Point.”

Councillor Donaghey said she and Deputy Charlie McConalogue spoke to four of those in the people carrier, after they were discahrged from Letterkenny General Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were detained longer in hospital.

She said: “The passengers while miraculously not suffering any serious injury were however badly shaken.

She added: “While Saturday night’s accident had not been caused by anything rather than total disrespect for all road users, human life, gardaí and indeed no respect for themselves, locals have asked that a footpath be put in place from the Church in Muff, past the Parish Hall and past Harkin’s Shop where people regularly walk.

“They asked that Donegal County Council be asked to look at the whole traffic management in general on the approach from the Hall side of the village.”

Colr Donaghey stated: “Some people wrongly believe the hard shoulder is part of the main road and when lorries park along the road at the Hall and visibility is then blocked for vehicles exiting from businesses along that side of the road.

“Locals have also asked for more lighting on the opposite side of the street.”

Colr Donaghey said she has discussed the issue with Deputy Charlie McConalogue and also contacted Donegal County Council in order to arrange a meeting with the senior engineer to ascertain the best approach to “eliminate” residents’
concerns.