Chronicle of carnage
We list 111 of the 125 people who have died on the roads so far in 2006, including the 20 non-nationals who have died
One hundred and twenty five people have been killed on Irish roads so far in 2006 (this figure applies up to 18 April). Of these, 20 people have been non-nationals. Nineteen of the non-nationals have been from eastern Europe and one was from Nigeria.
Ten of the 20 non-nationals who have been killed on the roads so far in 2006 died in two multiple-death collisions. On Good Friday (16 April) four Polish men were killed in a collision with a truck outside Cork. On 18 February, outside Buncrana, one Lithuanian man and four Latvians died when the car in which they were travelling, driven by the Lithuanian man, crashed into a Volkswagen Vento caring the four Latvians.
Non-nationals account for 10 per cent of the workforce and 16 per cent of those killed on the roads so far in 2006. The disproportion may be accounted by the age profile of non-nationals.
Acting CEO for the National Safety Council (NSC), Noel Brett says that one of the reasons for the high proportion of road deaths among non-nationals could be that many of the non-nationals working here are young males. Males between the ages of 18-24 are 7.7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury, according to the NRA.
Road deaths in many of the countries that were known as Eastern Europe are higher than in Ireland. Latvia has the highest per-capita road death toll in Europe. In 2004 549 people died on the roads out of a population of 2.3 million compared with a death toll of 399 in Ireland. And 22 per cent of road fatalities in Lativia are caused by drink-driving. Lithuania had a death toll of 216 per one million population and Poland 125 in 2004. Ireland's figure is 98 per one million.
A mid-term review of EU road safety stated there had been a slight disimprovement in road death trends in Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The National Safety Council recently launched a road safety document in 11 languages.
Listed below are 111 of the 125 people who have died in road accidents this year (up to 18 April) with the date of their deaths and some details concerning them. However, of the remaining 14 cases while we have the names of the people who have died in 10 instances we do not have the date of their deaths or the circumstances. In four instances we do not have the names of the people who died.
The names of the ten not included on the list: Patrick Roche (59) Co Cork; Joe Cribbin (84) Co Westmeath; John Walsh (44) Co Wexford; John Weherly, (66) Co Louth; Jack O'Leary (47) Co Wexford; Kevin Walshe (16) Co Limerick; and an unidentified man who died on the 17 April when his car collided with a truk in Galway on 17 April. There are also three non-nationals: Aldona Nekrasiene (71) Co Wicklow; Evaldas Stasiulevicus (30) Co Kildare; Kingsley Kikachukwu. p
› 2 January: John Flahive (33) when the car in which he was travelling struck a wall, near Ardfert. He was from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry.
› 3 January: James Grealish (73), from Kiltulla, Co Galway, was struck by a bus near Galway airport.
› 3 January: John Granville (45), from Fermoy, Co Cork, when his car collided with a truck in north Cork.
› 4 January: Arthur O'Connor (59), of Monkstown, Cork, when his car collided with a truck at Carrigaline, Cork.
› 4 January: Polish national Arvydas Bruzas (38), with an address in Oldcastle, Co Meath, when his truck hit a ditch outside of Granard.
› 8 January: Philip Quinn (38), was struck by a car near his home in Kilcarn, Co Meath. Paul Lennon (42), was walking with Philip Quinn and was also killed. Slawomir Krzenek (24), from Poland, was killed in the same incident as Quinn and Lennon. He was thrown from the car that killed them.
› 10 January: Gordon Daly (23), when his motorbike struck a car on the Douglas to Carrigaline road in Co Cork.
10 January: Daniel Kirby (29), when his car struck two other vehicles in Carrick-On-Suir, Co Tipperary.
› 11 January: Denis Ivan McIvor (83), from Derry, was driving at Muff, Co Donegal when his car struck another vehicle.
› 11 January: Czeslaw Romanowski (78), struck by a car at Cleariestown, Wexford. He was originally from Poland, and was living in Tullycanna, Wexford.
› 12 January: Michael McGarry (58), Dromod, Leitrim, near his home when he was struck by a car.
12 January: Peter O'Sullivan (57), from Mallow, Co Cork, walking underneath a bridge at Castletownroche when debris from a collision fell 25 feet and hit him.
› 14 January: Katarzyna Stanczyk (26), struck by a truck while cycling on North King Street in Dublin city centre. She was from Poland.
› 16 January: Paddy Molumby (81), from Horse and Jockey near Thurles, struck by a car on Dublin to Cork road.
› 17 January: Brian Connolly (57), from Old Bawn Avenue, Tallaght, in a collision with a truck on the N3 near Virginia, Co Cavan.
› 18 January: Mihaela Ardeleanu (24), of Arden Road, Tullamore, was involved in a three-car collision in Fardrum, Athlone. She was a Romanian national. Siobhan Drea (20), from Ballykilmurray, Tullamore, was a passenger in the car driven by Ardeleanu.
› 19 January: Daniel Duck (65), Joanstown, Westmeath, was driving a tractor which collided with a van at Ballinalack, Westmeath.
› 19 January: Teresa Delaney (82), Dromkeenan, Birr, Co Offaly, was driving on the N62 near Birr when her car collided with a van.
› 21 January: Seamus Walsh (57), Drumbride, Co Meath, in a two-car collision at Kingscourt, Co Cavan.
› 22 January: James Doheny (21), was involved in a three-car collision near Gortnahoe, Co Tipperary. He was from Woodsgift, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny
› 22 January: Mairtin Anthony Keane (19), when his car struck a telegraph pole near Carraroe, Galway. He was from the area. Aine Ni Coghaille (18) from Leitir Mor, Co Galway, died in the same accident.
› 22 January: Filip Marecek (32), a native of the Czech Republic, when his car struck a tree, at Lavy More, Charlestown, Co Mayo. Peter Valasek (34) also died.
› 23 January: Andrei Vasilita (21), a Moldovan national living in Drogheda, when his car smashed through the Bridge of Peace and crashed into the river.
› 23 January: Alan Kinsella (19), Meadow Gate, Gorey, Co Wexford, when his car hit a ditch at Ashford, Co Wicklow.
› 25 January: Timmy Keenan (41), in a car collision near his home in Magheranery, Smithboro, Monaghan.
› 25 January: Anna Wright, (87), following a car crash at Moville, Co Donegal.
› 26 January: Patrick Lawlor (55), from Hillside Crescent, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, when he collided with another vehicle at a turn-off on the Cork to Waterford road.
› 28 January: Thomas O'Grady (21), when a car in which he was travelling hit a wall at Tallow Road, Lismore, Co Waterford. He was from Lismore. Robert Lineen (21), also in the car was killed.
› 28 January: Paul Carroll (4), from Kinnegad Co Westmeath when he was struck by a car near Ballinabrackey.
› 28 January: Maria Berar (30), a native of Romania from Fairview, Dublin, was hit by a car on the N3 in Navan.
› 29 January: Richards Zabelis (27), from Eastern Europe, when his car collided with roadworks on the N7 at Kill, Co Kildare.
› 30 January: Nicola Sheridan (20), from Ardee Co Louth, when her car struck a lamp post on the M1 near Dundalk.
› 31 January: Patrick Mernagh (20), from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, when his Fiat Punto collided with a tractor on the N11 near Wexford.
› 1 February: Susan McManus (85), Doon Beg, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan when she was struck by a lorry at the Diamond Junction in Co Cavan.
› 4 February: Michael Farrell (62), from Lawrencetown, Co Galway, was struck by a car near his home.
› 5 February: John O'Sullivan (22), from Kells, Co Kerry, when his car burst into flames after smashing into another car near Cahersiveen Co Kerry.
› 6 February: Celia O'Mahony (68), from Listowel, Co Kerry, in a three car pile-up at Ballylongford, Co Kerry.
› 6 February: Damien Crawley (29), from Ballisodore, Co Sligo, was hit by a car when walking near his home.
› 6 February: Ciara Moynihan (19), from Rylane, Co Cork when her car struck a low loader at Lisheen in Ovens, Cork. Thomas Reck (23) from Ballincollig, Cork, was in the car with Ciara Moynihan,
› 6 February: Joseph Cahill (28), died after a collision near Loughrea, Co Galway. He was from Claregalway, Co Galway.
› 6 February: Keith Farren (2), when his car collided with a tractor at Lispopple Cross, near Swords. He was from Swords.
› 6 February: James Harte (44), from Gorey, Co Wexford died in an accident on the N11 near Bunclody.
› 10 February: Margaret Kelly (73), died following a crash on the Dublin-Trim road. She was from Athboy, Co Meath.
› 13 February: Amanda Fahey (19), in a collision with a lorry outside Clonmel, Co Tipperary. She was from Knockagh, Clonmel.
› 15 February: Thomas Crowley (70), was struck by a truck in Cork, where he was from.
› 16 February: Denis Hough (38), when his car collided with a lorry on the main Nenagh to Borrisokane road.
› 18 February: Danielitis Abartis (23), was killed when the Audi he was driving collided with a Volkswagen Vento near Buncrana, Co Donegal. He was Latvian. Ricardas Bielskis (35), was the driver of the Volkwagen Vento that was involved in the crash outside Buncrana. He was from Lithuania. Ginta Veite (19), Luthuanian, was in the Volswagen Vento. Aija Porcika (38) Lithuanian, was also in the Volkswagen Vento. Marita Kerpe (28), was in the Volkwagen Vento, also Lithuanian.
› 20 February: John Curran (21), in a car crash on the road between Borris and Goresbridge, Co Carlow.
› 21 February: John Finnerty (88), from Mount Talbot, Athleague, Co Roscommon, in a collision in Athleague with a car and a minibus.
› 22 February: John Robinson (26), in a crash near Martinstown. He was from Athy, Co Kildare.
› 23 February: John Scully (87), in a collision at Sharavogue, Birr, Co Offaly. He was from Hillview, Fortal, Birr.
› 24 February: Cait Bergin (76), was struck by a lorry at Main Street, Abbeyleix.
› 25 February: Daniel Kenny (20), when the car he was in crashed into a wall on Ulverton Road in Dalkey, Co Dublin. He was from Gorey, Co Wexford.
› 26 February: Paul Finnegan (30), in a two car collision at Proudstown. He was from Lobinstown, Co Meath.
› 26 February: Brian Carroll (26), from Ballyagran in Co Limerick, when the car in which he was a rear-seat passenger collided with a mini-bus outside Newcastlewest, Co Limerick.
› 28 February: Robert Walker (31), in a collision with a truck at Beary's Cross, on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary Road.
› 1 March: Tom Kinsella (55), when his car left the road at Moanvane, Portarlington, in Laois. He was from Kilbeg, Walshisland in Offaly.
› 2 March: Patricia Hughes (44), in a crash at Raheenaskeagh Upper, Oulart, Wexford. She was from Gorey, Co Wexford.
› 4 March: James O'Brien (21), when his car hit a tree at Dunlavin, Co Wicklow.
› 5 March: Christopher Slevin (24), when his motorcycle collided with a lorry at Longwood, Co Meath.
› 6 March: Albert Fullerton (45), son of murdered Donegal politician, Eddie Fullerton in a crash at Drumkeen between Letterkenny and Ballybofey.
› 10 March: Moira Burke (32), when she crashed into a wall on the Fermoy to Mallow Road near her home
› 10 March: Timothy Lane (84), was struck by a truck in his hometown Mallow.
› 11 March: Oliver Murray (78), struck by a van at Walls Forge on the Carlow to Wexford Road.
› 14 March: John Kavanagh (55), killed when his van hit a pole near the Finglas exit of the M50.
› 15 March: Anthony Kearns (56), struck by a truck on Bachelor's Walk in Dublin.
› 20 March: Natalie Horan-Quinn (13), in a car collision on her way home from school near Mullinahone, Co Tippereary. Michael Brennan (14) also died.
› 21 March: Noelle (Nollaig) O'Connor (27), in a collision N11 north of Arklow in Co Wicklow.
› 24 March: Yolek Whitcombe (55), a Polish national, in a collision at Riverstown, Dundalk.
› 26 March: Barry Dunne (23), in a multiple accident involving a cyclist, car and taxi on the Howth Road in Dublin. Thomas Masterson (60s) was the cyclist who was killed.
› 27 March: Winifred O'Gorman (80), in a collision between a truck and a car at Cullenagh, Ennistymon.
› 28 March: Rory O'Donnell (23), when his motorcycle collided with a car at The Curragh, Co Kildare.
› 29 March: Elizabeth Stokes (83), when the car she was driving struck a pole on the Upper Churchtown Road in Dublin.
› 30 March: Darren Price (18,) a young GAA star and international basketballer, in a collision with a truck outside Tyrellspass.
› 31 March: Catherine Nunan (77), was knocked down by an articulated truck in Limerick city centre.
› 2 April: Geraldine Rafferty (46), in a two-car collision on the N8 south of Urlingford. Michael Reid (62), was involved in the above car crash and also died.
› 3 April: Catherine Deveaney (25), when her car hit a wall at the Department of Education's offices in Athlone. Declan McCormack (24) from Auburn Villas, Athlone, was also killed.
› 4 April: Michael White (15), died in a bus crash near Clara, Co Offaly.
› 8 April: Gerard Downey (69), after he was struck by a car on the Drogheda to Baltray Road
› 8 April: Paul Mulryan (23), in a crash when the car in which he was a passenger hit a wall at Ballygalda, Co Roscommon.
› 9 April: Eugene Reilly (20s), after the car he was traveling in Anagassan in Co Louth.
› 10 April: Pamela Boylan (32), from Fettercairn, Tallaght, in a collision on the N81 on the southern side of Blessington town. Her son Thomas was also killed in the accident.
› 11 April: Declan McCarthy (24), after his car struck a wall at Kilcooley, Ardfert, Co Kerry.
› 13 April: Stephen O'Brien (20), from Loughbollard, Clane, Co Kildare when a car he was traveling in collided with another car near Straffan.
› 13 April: Josie Daly (67), was struck by a car at Blainore, Co Wicklow.
› 13 April: Colin Broughan (35) when he was crushed between his van and a vehicle towing a dumping truck at a building site in Avondale, Co Wicklow.
› 14 April: Paul Cllaghan (24), in a two car collision on at Blake's Cross on North County Dublin.
› 14 April: Sylwester Szezyrow (25), was killed in a collision at Ballinhassig on the outskirts of Cork city. The car he was travelling in hit a truck. Radoslaw Nowak (23), Rafal Corski (28) and Andrzej Wojciechowski (27) also died. All men were Polish nationals.
› 15 April: Garda Martin Coen was killed when his car struck two horses at Garlow Cross, Navan, Co Meath.
› 16 April: Sean Clial (40), when his motorcycle collided with a car on the Belturbet to Ballyconnell road in Co Cavan.
› 17 April: A 63-year-old man was found trapped under a car by gardaí. He is thought to have been thrown out of his car after it left the road.p