A MAN who was critically injured after he fell over the Quay wall in Westport is fighting for his life over a week later in Beaumont Hospital. The Mayo News understands the man suffered serious back and head injuries when he fell over a low section of the old wall that once was part of the Westport House demesne but now overlooks private gardens on Church Lane.
The man, Dave Foley, was going home on Saturday night, August 18. Mr Foley is married to Westport native Sandra O’Malley, whose mother Celia lives at the Quay. The couple live in Sligo.
Commenting on the serious accident yesterday, Town Councillor Christy Hyland said: “This is not the first time somebody has had an accident at this wall. It is time the problem was addressed. I believed the problem is that there is a preservation order on that wall. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the victim who was here from Sligo for the weekend. I hope he makes a full recovery.”
His Fine Gael colleague, Cllr Myles Staunton said: “I recall that I put forward a proposal that health and safety issues be prioritised in our works programme, which is reviewed regularly.”
The danger posed by this section of the Quay wall has been raised on several occasions by councillors.
Cathaoirleach Ollie Gannon told The Mayo News last night that he had raised the issue two years ago and has already been in contact with the council executive about this accident.
“The reason I raised this serious safety issue, whether it is privately owned or not, is that the town council should take the lead over the dangers posed by this wall, because it clearly was an accident waiting to happen,” Cllr Gannon said.
Town Manager, Martin Keating said yesterday: “There has been no accident reported to either Westport Town Council or Mayo County Council. We are not responsible for this wall but we are for the adjacent footpaths.”
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