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GARDAI are hunting a hit-and-run driver who left a young father to die on the side of the road.

Joseph Lynch, who was in his early 40s, was one of seven people killed on Ireland's roads over the Bank Holiday.

He was found on a road near his home in Listowel, Co Kerry, at 2.30am yesterday.

Mr Lynch was taken to Tralee General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He lived in the Ballygologue estate on the outskirts of the town.

Gardai have appealed for information about the incident and have appealed to the driver to come forward.

Another young man was killed after the car he was driving went into a ditch yesterday.

The 22-year-old from Ballyveen, Co Limerick, died after he lost control of his car and swerved off the road at 12.40pm.

A male passenger in the car was seriously injured and was last night still in Limerick Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.

In Dundalk, local man Robert McEvoy, 26, of Lisieux Avenue, was killed when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a minibus at Castletown Road at around 4pm on Sunday.

A 65-year-old man was also killed on Sunday when he was struck by a car while crossing the Naas dual carriageway to his own car at a service station near Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

Also in Dublin, Brian McCluskey, 19, of Stanwick Street, was killed in a car crash on Pearse Street.

Shane Munnelly, 18, of Easkey, Co Sligo, died when a car in which he was a passenger collided with a stone shed near his home on Saturday night.

In Co Clare, John McDermott, 33, from Kilrush, was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with another vehicle on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne has announced a renewed and tougher blitz on speeders and drink drivers.

He revealed that the existing Garda Road Safety programme is to be extended with immediate effect.

The announcement was made following concerns about the growing number of road accidents.

So far this year 133 people have been killed on Ireland's roads.

Push for road safety plan

THE latest road safety scheme to be introduced will involve a number of new operations. These will focus primarily on young drivers, seat belt regulations, speed limit compliance and overweight vehicles.

OPERATION Target will focus on the behaviour of young drivers with joyriding being its main objective.

OPERATION Roadrunner will centre on speed limit enforcement, using checkpoints to spot offenders.

OPERATION Overload will try to ensure vehicles are carrying the correct weights and dimensions.

OPERATION Green Light will crack down on traffic light infringements.

Although each operation is already up and running, the aim of the scheme is to make the public aware that any violations under these laws will result in offenders being prosecuted severely by a much stricter Garda force.
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Author:Donnan, Pamela; Duff, Gavin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2000
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