County councils will now be able to lower speed limits in housing estates

If follows the death of a six-year-old in Kilkenny last year

County councils will now be able to lower speed limits in housing estates

Roseanne Brennan with Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald. Image: Photocall Ireland

County councils are to be given new powers to introduce even lower speed limits in housing estates and other residential areas.

Local authorities already have the power to lower the limit to 30kmh, but new legislation would allow an even lower limit of 20kmh.

The move follows a campaign by the mother of six-year-old Jake Brennan, who died after a car accident outside his home in a housing estate in Co Kilkenny last year.

Jake's mother wants a standardised nationwide speed limit in housing estates, but transport minister Paschal Donohoe says councils should have the final say: