Danny Healy Rae's call for ‘drink-drive permits’ criticised by road safety groups

Danny Healy Rae's call for ‘drink-drive permits’ criticised by road safety groups

Permits for drink driving in rural areas should be agreed to ease rural isolation and keep pubs open, according to Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, who used his leaders questions in the Dáil to complain about strict drink-driving rules yesterday.

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Danny Healy-Rae's proposal to allow rural drivers to drink ‘irresponsible nonsense’ - Coveney

Danny Healy-Rae's proposal to allow rural drivers to drink ‘irresponsible nonsense’ - Coveney

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae said people living in rural Ireland should be allowed to drive on certain roads after having a couple of pints.

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Four motorists arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving since Friday

Four motorists arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving since Friday

Gardaí have arrested four drivers on suspicion of drink and drug-driving since Friday evening.

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Study highlights the major role alcohol plays in road deaths

Study highlights the major role alcohol plays in road deaths

Research by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed that alcohol was a major factor in 75% of deaths on the roads in off-peak hours.

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Just 9.2% of banned motorists surrender licence

Just 9.2% of banned motorists surrender licence

A sharp rise in the number of motorists being banned from driving this year has been linked to increased enforcement levels by gardaí.

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Over 600 arrested for drink-driving in February

Over 600 arrested for drink-driving in February

There was a 20% increase in arrests for drink-driving in February compared to the same month last year.

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Latest: Road safety campaigner calls on Finian McGrath to resign over drink-driving check criticisms

Latest: Road safety campaigner calls on Finian McGrath to resign over drink-driving check criticisms

Road safety campaigner Aisling Reid of PARC has said that Independent Alliance Minister of State Finian McGrath should resign.

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McGrath withdraws comments about gardaí politicising the new drink driving laws

McGrath withdraws comments about gardaí politicising the new drink driving laws

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has demanded cabinet colleague and Independent Alliance TD Finian McGrath withdraw his "bizarre" comments

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Michael Healy-Rae wants government to consider permit for those off the road so they can drive to work

Michael Healy-Rae wants government to consider permit for those off the road so they can drive to work

The Independent TD for Kerry outlined possible scenarios where exemptions from the current laws could occur:

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Breathalysers ‘should be for sale in pharmacies’ - FF

Breathalysers ‘should be for sale in pharmacies’ - FF

Waterford City and County Council is calling on the Government to supply pharmacies with breathalyser kits to prevent drivers from failing morning-time roadside tests.

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What you need to know about driving the morning after a night out

What you need to know about driving the morning after a night out

Following recent changes to drink-driving laws, many people have been wondering when it’s safe to drive the morning after a night out.

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Ross criticises 'lunatic fringe' in Dáil who oppose drink-driving laws

Ross criticises 'lunatic fringe' in Dáil who oppose drink-driving laws

The Transport Minister Shane Ross has launched a scathing attack on what he calls "the lunatic fringe" in Leinster House who are opposed to tougher drink-driving laws.

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Shane Ross vows to defend drink-drive laws

Shane Ross vows to defend drink-drive laws

Transport Minister Shane Ross has lashed out at Government and opposition critics of his hard-line drink-driving laws, insisting he will ensure the law is implemented fully despite the “extraordinary opposition in some quarters”.

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'Joe Public is feeling persecuted' - Minister criticises early morning Garda checkpoints

'Joe Public is feeling persecuted' - Minister criticises early morning Garda checkpoints

Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Sean Canney has said Gardaí should concentrate on other illegal activities rather than focussing on early morning checkpoints to detect drink driving.

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938 arrests for driving intoxicated in past month

938 arrests for driving intoxicated in past month

It was “the morning after the night before” for one in 10 drivers arrested by gardaí on suspicion of drink- or drug-driving over the festive season, it has emerged.

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Ten arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Christmas Day

Ten arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Christmas Day

Ten people were arrested on Christmas Day on suspicion of drink-driving.

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82% of Irish drivers will drink over the Christmas period, despite new regulations

82% of Irish drivers will drink over the Christmas period, despite new regulations

82% of Irish drivers will consume alcohol over the Christmas period this year, despite the new drink drive regulations introduced this year.

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Survey claims 82% of Irish drivers will drink over Christmas

Survey claims 82% of Irish drivers will drink over Christmas

Research has found that 82% of Irish drivers are expecting to drink over the Christmas period.

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1 in 8 drivers admit drink-driving in past 2 years; AA Ireland issue warning ahead of festive season

1 in 8 drivers admit drink-driving in past 2 years; AA Ireland issue warning ahead of festive season

Ahead of the traditional Christmas party season, AA Ireland has warned motorists of the dangers of drink-driving.

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One pint of beer or glass of wine could put you over drink driving limit

One pint of beer or glass of wine could put you over drink driving limit

Drinking even one pint of beer or one glass of wine could put you over the limit for drink driving is the warning from the Medical Bureau of Road Safety as a Christmas and New Year safety appeal is launched today.

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Drinkaware urges drivers to check new drink-driving laws

Drinkaware urges drivers to check new drink-driving laws

Motorists have been urged to take the time to understand recent changes to the drink-driving laws ahead of the Christmas period.

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New drink-driving rules to take effect from tonight

New drink-driving rules to take effect from tonight

New rules on drink-driving are to take effect from tonight which will automatically disqualify any motorists who are found to have consumed alcohol.

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Less than 2,000 motorists tested for drug-driving since law introduced

Less than 2,000 motorists tested for drug-driving since law introduced

Less than 2,000 motorists were tested for drug-driving since the legislation was introduced in April 2017, new figures show.

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Bus driver arrested for being nine times over alcohol limit

Bus driver arrested for being nine times over alcohol limit

A bus driver has been arrested for being nine times over the legal alcohol limit.

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Gardai caught this person 'literally drinking & driving’

Gardai caught this person 'literally drinking & driving’

Officers failed to see the funny side of this driver's antics.

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Lorry driver charged with dangerous driving after being 11 times over alcohol limit

Lorry driver charged with dangerous driving after being 11 times over alcohol limit

A lorry driver has been charged with a number of offences after a garda breath test indicated he was 11 times over the drink-driving limit.

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Man charged after driving on wrong side of road at 11-times drink-driving limit

Man charged after driving on wrong side of road at 11-times drink-driving limit

The driver of a lorry has been arrested, after a Garda breath test indicated he was eleven times over the drink-driving limit.

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Drink-drivers face automatic bans as Road Traffic Bill signed into law

Drink-drivers face automatic bans as Road Traffic Bill signed into law

It also makes it an offence for car owners to allow learners to drive their car unaccompanied.

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Danny Healy Rae 'and his gang' are 'behaving like road traffic terrorists', says Transport Minister

Danny Healy Rae 'and his gang' are 'behaving like road traffic terrorists', says Transport Minister

Transport Minister Shane Ross has today accused Danny Healy Rae and others of "behaving like road traffic terrorists".

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Update: Fianna Fáil TD claims rural isolation will follow Transport Minister's road safety legislation

Update: Fianna Fáil TD claims rural isolation will follow Transport Minister's road safety legislation

A Fianna Fáil TD claims the Transport Minister's road safety laws will lead to rural isolation.

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Calls for reform of courts system as findings show only 48% of drink driving offences resulted in conviction

Calls for reform of courts system as findings show only 48% of drink driving offences resulted in conviction

There are calls for reforms of the courts system, after a finding that only 48% of drink driving offences resulted in a conviction in the District Court last year.

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Drink driving laws need to be 'rural proofed,' says TD Sean Canney

Drink driving laws need to be 'rural proofed,' says TD Sean Canney

New drink driving laws need to be 'rural proofed' according to a Government TD.

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Over one in eight drivers under 24 admit drink driving

Over one in eight drivers under 24 admit drink driving

16 per cent of motorists under 24 admit to drinking and driving in the past year, according to new research.

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Latest: Fine Gael vote on drink-driving Bill 'completely up to them', says Ross

Latest: Fine Gael vote on drink-driving Bill 'completely up to them', says Ross

Latest: Transport Minister Shane Ross says it is up to Fine Gael to decide how its own backbenchers should vote on contentious new proposals on drink driving.

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AUDIO: 'I would sit behind the wheel after a few pints' says Liveline caller

AUDIO: 'I would sit behind the wheel after a few pints' says Liveline caller

Some callers to today's Liveline show on RTÉ Radio 1 said they didn't see a problem with having a few pints and driving home, especially if living in rural Ireland.

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Latest: Danny Healy-Rae says three glasses of Guinness will not cause road fatalities

Latest: Danny Healy-Rae says three glasses of Guinness will not cause road fatalities

Latest: Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has said that someone drinking three glasses of Guinness will not cause fatalities on Irish roads.

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Cabinet approves new drink-driving legislation

Cabinet approves new drink-driving legislation

The Cabinet has approved new laws that will automatically ban all those caught drink driving from the roads.

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Latest: No exceptional cases for rural areas in drink-driving proposals, says Transport Minister

Latest: No exceptional cases for rural areas in drink-driving proposals, says Transport Minister

Update 11.18am: Transport Minister Shane Ross said today that there can be no exceptional circumstances for anyone caught drink driving.

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Transport Minister 'committed' to naming and shaming drink drivers

Transport Minister 'committed' to naming and shaming drink drivers

Transport Minister Shane Ross says he is 'committed' to the idea of naming and shaming drink-drivers.

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Alcohol a factor in almost four in 10 road deaths, RSA report shows

Alcohol a factor in almost four in 10 road deaths, RSA report shows

Alcohol plays a part in almost 40% of all road deaths, according to a new report.

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Gay Byrne: Drink-driving laws need to be re-written

Gay Byrne: Drink-driving laws need to be re-written

Former chairman of the Road Safety Authority, Gay Byrne, has said the law around drink driving needs to be completely re-written from top to bottom.

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Transport Minister moves to close legal loophole in drink-driving cases

Transport Minister moves to close legal loophole in drink-driving cases

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has today moved to close a loophole which it had been feared could cast doubt over drink driving cases in court.

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Ruling could see drink-driving cases thrown out of court

Ruling could see drink-driving cases thrown out of court

Drink driving cases could be thrown out of District Courts from today, after a High Court ruling.

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Almost 2,000 held for drink-driving this year

Almost 2,000 held for drink-driving this year

Almost 2,000 suspected drink-drivers have been arrested this year, gardaí said.

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Two arrested at Garda drink-driving checkpoints

Two arrested at Garda drink-driving checkpoints

Two people have been arrested as a result of Garda drink-driving checkpoints in Waterford and Thurles.

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Varadkar: Kerry drink-driving motion sends out negative image of Ireland

Varadkar: Kerry drink-driving motion sends out negative image of Ireland

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said today that the idea of drink-driving permits sends out the wrong message about Ireland.

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Council drink-driving proposal 'would bring us back to a much darker day'

Council drink-driving proposal 'would bring us back to a much darker day'

A motion passed by Kerry County Council aimed at permitting people to drink and drive has been criticised today for dragging the country back to "darker days".

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Drink driving 'still a concern'

Drink driving 'still a concern'

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Mahoney said today though drink driving is not as big a problem now as it was five years ago, it is still a concern.

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Garda clampdown on drink driving continues tonight

Garda clampdown on drink driving continues tonight

Gardaí will be out in force again tonight with checkpoints placed on various roads throughout the country.

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New drink-drive law 'no soft touch'

New drink-drive law 'no soft touch'

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has rejected claims that a penalty points system introduced as part of a new crackdown on drink driving is a soft touch.

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Tougher drink driving laws to be introduced on Thursday

Tougher drink driving laws to be introduced on Thursday

New drink driving laws come into effect this week.

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One in five have travelled with drunk driver in past two years, says survey

One in five have travelled with drunk driver in past two years, says survey

One in five of respondents in an AA Motor Insurance Poll carried out this month admitted that they have knowingly taken a lift from a driver they understood to be over the legal blood alcohol level (0.8mg) within the last two years.

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Attorney General raises doubts about new drink-driving law

Drink drivers involved in crashes are set to avoid mandatory breath testing until September 2011.

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Gardaí launch Bank Holiday drink driving crackdown

Gardaí launch Bank Holiday drink driving crackdown

Gardaí today warned they would be out in force targeting drunk drivers, speeding and motorists using mobile phones during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Bill to lower drink driving limits passed in Dáil

Lower drink-drive limits were passed in the Dáil last night.

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Dempsey publishes bill to reduce drink-drive limit

Dempsey publishes bill to reduce drink-drive limit

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has published his controversial legislation aimed at cutting the drink-driving limit on Irish roads.

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Garda Commissioner refuses to be drawn on drink-drive limit

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has refused to be drawn into the political controversy over whether or not the drink-driving limit should be reduced.

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ETSC backs cut in Irish drink-drive limits

The European Transport Safety Council has given its backing to Transport Minister Noel Dempsey's plan to cut Ireland's drink-driving limits.

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Ahern: Drink-drive limit should be the same as in North

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has said the Republic should have the same drink-driving limit as the North, which currently stands at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood..

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