Wednesday 7 October 2015

"A vote for me is a vote for common sense," says councillor who wanted to permit drink driving

Published 22/05/2014 | 10:43

The Independent councillor who last year made an attempt to allow rural dwellers have two or three drinks and drive home has made a last-minute election video, saying a vote for him is a vote for common sense.

Danny Healy-Rae made his "final call" on the YouTube video, asking locals to vote for him tomorrow.

"When you needed me, I answered your call." he said.

"Please don't believe I have a safe seat. If your vote for me does not go into the box, it will not come out."

Last year, Mr Healy-Rae, who also works as a publican, tabled his controversial motion to allow rural dwellers to drive after drinking only if they kept their speed down and only travelled on quiet roads.

Mr Healy-Rae's request was passed by a small majority on Kerry County Council, where five councillors voted for it and three against. Seven councillors abstained and 12 were missing for the vote.

A German television show made a small documentary on the motion which was watched by around two million people overseas.

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