New road traffic bill a 'sow's breakfast', says Mattie McGrath

Mattie McGrath

Mattie McGrath has described the new road traffic bill as a "sow's breakfast".

He is one of the independent rural TDs who voiced strong opposition to the legislation in the Dáil, and thinks it is unconstitutional.

Deputy McGrath says he may write to the President asking him not to sign the bill into law.

The new legislation will impose an automatic driving ban on first-time drink-driving offenders while also making it an offence for car owners to allow a learner to drive their car unaccompanied.

Mattie McGrath told Shannonside Radio what he thinks about the legislation.

"It will never be right, and that was my point," he said.

"We were being accused of filibustering. We did filibuster, yes, but Minister [Shane] Ross made a dog's dinner of it.

The Attorney General described this legislation as a dog's dinner. I called it a sow's breakfast.

More in this Section

Cuffe tops of the pile in Dublin as poll suggests good day ahead for Greens

Newcomer McHugh set for shock seat in Midlands North West

Deirdre Clune's seat at risk in Ireland South as Kelly tops the poll

Exit poll greatly reduces chances of snap general election


Gardening: Something for everyone at Chelsea Flower Show

Relishing the Riviera: St Tropez still the jet set destination it has always been

Restaurant review: Ristorante Rinuccini - Kilkenny

The Wine List: Will 2019 see the rise of rosé in Ireland?

More From The Irish Examiner