Road fatalities are an avoidable tragedy for our society – Bishop Fintan Monahan

28 Oct 2022

  • Parishes encouraged to pray for road users, road traffic victims and their families
  • 126 fatalities in the State so far in 2022 is a higher figure than for the same period last year

With the Halloween long-weekend approaching, Bishop Fintan Monahan has called on all road-users to show extra vigilance to the increased number of young people walking in the dark to ‘trick or treat’ their neighbours.


Bishop Monahan said, “I was reassured to hear this week that the theme of the Road Safety Authority Annual Conference was ‘Tackling Speeding’.  Sadly, at 126 fatalities so far this year, the figures for road fatalities and accidents in the State are higher than for the same period last year.  This loss of life is heart-breaking for the families and loved ones involved.  Put bluntly, road fatalities are an avoidable tragedy for our society.


“Every individual road user – pedestrian, cyclist, scooter, motorcycle or vehicle – has a responsibility to one another to prevent road traffic accidents.  What readily comes to mind is the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ which encourages us to act responsibly, be respectful and to care for the stranger.  Human life is sacred and, especially at this time of year, we need to be alert to more challenging driving conditions.” 


Bishop Monahan concluded, “We should all heed the advice of the professionals, the RSA and the Gardaí, namely: not to speed, don’t hold a mobile phone, always wear a seatbelt and to expect the unexpected when using the roads.  This weekend, in a special way, I invite parishes to pray for those who have died on our roads, for road traffic victims, for their families and to encourage safer driving.”




Notes for Editors

  • Bishop Fintan Monahan is Bishop of Killaloe.  Bishop Monahan recommends these prayers for people on the road and to guide their driving behaviour:

17th century paidir as Gaeilge

In ainm an Athar le bua,

In ainm an Mhic a d’fhulaing an phian,

In ainm an Spiorad Naoimh le neart,

Muire is a Mac linn inár dtriall. Áiméan!


A contemporary road safety prayer

Holy Mother, hear our prayer,

Keep us in your loving care,

Whatever the perils of the way,

Let us not add to them this day.

So to our caution and attention,

We add a prayer for your protection,

To beg God’s blessing on this car,

To travel safely near and far.



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