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IrelandDublin parents blast plan to allow 'limited licences' for drink-drivers

09:25  05 march  2019
09:25  05 march  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Parents of children killed by drink-drivers have slammed plans to let them get behind the wheel to travel to work.

Under proposals considered by Government, banned motorists could apply for a “limited licence” to help them earn a wage.

It is being examined by Junior Transport Minister Brendan Griffin, who has told officials to look at a similar scheme in New Zealand.

But the Irish Road Victims’ Association insisted politicians must focus on saving lives – and not profits of the drinks industry.

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Margaret Kavanagh, from Dublin, whose daughter Janice, 10, was killed by a motorist over the alcohol limit in 1991, added: “These people that want to drink and drive, obviously they have not lost a child.

“And if they do think so much of their family, don’t drink and drive. They’re very lucky to have their family to go home to because we haven’t.”

Leo Lieghio, whose 16-year-old daughter Marsia was killed in Dublin in 2005 by a thug serving a drink-driving ban, said those who are over the alcohol should be punished.

The IRVA member added: “If you don’t want to be disqualified from driving, just do not drink and drive.

“Then your family is safe, your family income is safe, your job is safe, everything is safe.

“And the politicians – they’re in the Dail to produce laws to protect us citizens, not to protect the profits of vintners.”

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Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae said he was not speaking in favour of the plan but believes it should be examined.

He added: “I never in my life condoned drink-driving.

“But this [proposal] has happened in other countries. This is not something new that is just being proposed here in Ireland.”

During his interview on RTE Radio 1 yesterday, Mr Lieghio spoke of the anguish felt by parents whose children were killed by drink-drivers.

He said: “We always hear the same excuses about rural

isolation. Myself and others – we suffer slowly, this sadness and isolation in a crowd.

“Does Michael not understand people’s lives are at stake here?”

The Taoiseach has admitted the Government is looking at relaxing drink-driving laws to give some banned motorists an exemption to drive to work.

But Leo Varadkar said he is against the controversial plans.

He added: “We have undertaken to examine it as an option but my initial sense – speaking as a former transport minister and someone who is committed to road safety – is to be slightly sceptical about it.

“If you were to make an exception for someone travelling to and from work, I wonder about the enforceability of that.”

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