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Tánaiste rejects Danny Healy-Rae’s appeal for a “license” to drive under the influence of alcohol

ByElla E. Kidwell

Nov 14, 2019

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

Healy-Rae once again made controversial comments about drinking and driving, telling Dáil that closing pubs is killing rural areas.

He has already called for drunk driving licenses to be issued in rural areas.

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

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

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

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

Speaking during the leader’s questions, Healy-Rae said he was asking for a licensing system that allows people to have two or three drinks and then drive.

“I ask you to provide a permit for people who only travel on rural roads so that they can take their two pints and go home.

“Give them a chance to live and give them a chance to try. All the work and no play makes Jack a boring boy.

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

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

“In terms of trying to get back to some kind of old Ireland, it was better because people could get into their cars whether they were drinking or not, and whether or not they were a danger on the road, it’s just blatant, irresponsible nonsense, quite frankly.

Coveney said the plan would not work and help 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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