Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has been criticised for raising local traffic issues in the Dáil.

During Leaders' Questions, he called for the intervention of the Minister for Transport to introduce reduced speed limits in the village of Glenflesk on the N22, in his constituency.

"There is a church where people go to mass on Saturday nights in the dark, and have to manoeuvre in the dark, and traffic travelling by them at 100km/h," he said.

"I have been raising this since 2009. We had the sad tragedy of a young girl killed crossing the road at the N22", he added.

"All we are asking you to do is to change the signs; it couldn't be very costly to change the signs on each one of these junctions".

Minister for Education Richard Bruton, who was taking Leaders' Questions, said he was aware that allocations had been made to local authorities for road improvements, but he did not have access to briefings on the detailed specification of the road in question.

However, he criticised Deputy Healy-Rae for raising the matter in the Dáil.

"To suggest that the solution to these problems is to be found on Kildare Street is not the way we should be handling this.

"We have local authorities who have the powers to do this"

"But suggesting that every solution has to come from Kildare Street is the very contradiction to the idea of giving local authorities the powers to make these decisions" he said.