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Ireland 'Irresponsible nonsense': Tánaiste dismisses Healy Rae calls to allow rural drink drivers on the road

10:00  15 november  2019
10:00  15 november  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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But dismissing his call the Tánaiste said Mr Healy - Rae seemed to be making the case that the way to keep pubs open is to allow people to drink and Dismissing any suggestion of a two-pint permit on local roads , the Tánaiste said people could not be encouraged to drink and drive no matter where

A call by Independent TD Danny Healy - Rae to allow rural drivers a permit to drink alcohol have been dismissed as “dangerous nonsense ”. Tánaiste Simon Coveney rejected the suggestion and said people cannot be encouraged to drink and drive no matter where they live.

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A CALL BY Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae to allow rural drivers a permit to drink alcohol have been dismissed as “dangerous nonsense”.

Healy-Rae has again made controversial comments about drink-driving, telling the Dáil the closure of pubs is killing rural areas.

He has previously called for drink-driving permits to be given out in rural areas.

“They have closed down pubs in rural Kerry and have left the social fabric in smithereens,” he said.

People around Kerry are afraid to leave their homes to go into pubs, like rabbits trapped in a burrow

“The Irish pub has been known all around the world as a place of culture, traditional music, song and dance, storytelling, a place where families and workers meet.

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A CALL BY Independent TD Danny Healy - Rae to allow rural drivers a permit to drink alcohol have been dismissed as “dangerous nonsense ”. Healy - Rae has again made controversial comments about drink - driving , telling the Dáil the closure of pubs is killing rural areas. He has previously called for

Danny Healy - Rae , an Independent TD, argues that giving drivers on country roads permits to drink would help struggling rural pubsAlamy. A call by an Independent TD to allow rural drivers a permit to drink alcohol has been dismissed as “dangerous nonsense ”. Danny Healy - Rae told the Dáil that the

“Many cities around the world have tried to replicate the Irish country pub. Now, people around Kerry are afraid to leave their homes to go into pubs, like rabbits trapped in a burrow.”

Speaking at Leader’s Questions, Healy-Rae said he was calling for a permit system to allow people to have two or three drinks and then drive.

“I’m asking you to provide a permit for the people who are only travelling on rural roads so they can have their two pints and drive home.

“Give them a chance to live and give them a chance to try it. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Tánaiste Simon Coveney rejected the suggestion and said people cannot be encouraged to drink and drive no matter where they live.

“You seem to be saying that the way to keep pubs open is to allow people to drink and drive. That is not only irresponsible, but I think it is an insult to so many families who continue to mourn the deaths of people who’ve been killed by people drinking and driving,” he said.

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Tougher drink driving laws contained in the Road Traffic Bill mean people are afraid to leave their homes, he said. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the description given did not sound like the Kerry he knew, which, he said, is a vibrant place that attracts hordes of tourists.

' Irresponsible nonsense ': Tánaiste dismisses Danny Healy - Rae 's call for drink - driving 'permit'. Danny Healy Rae wants permits to be handed out to allow rural drink driving . While publicans are aware of issues around rural isolation, opening a bar for even two hours would mean around five or

“In terms of trying to return to some kind of old Ireland that was better because people could get into their cars regardless of whether they’ve been drinking or not, and regardless of whether they represented danger on the road, is just blatant, irresponsible nonsense, quite frankly.”

Coveney said the plan would not work and would not help to revive rural Ireland.

He said the Government’s national broadband plan and a rural bus service will help tackle rural isolation.

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