Saturday 22 July 2017

Donohoe refuses to rule out redress scheme

Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has said it is "far too early" to decide whether to establish a redress scheme for motorists wrongly slapped with traffic convictions.

But he indicated that the Government was preparing for the prospect of significant costs, as a result of the breath-test scandal.

Speaking to RTÉ's 'This Week', Mr Donohoe said the Government would respond "fairly and speedily" once those motorists affected decided on a course of action.

"We'll have to deal with those matters in an orderly and accurate way. We will respect any decision that an individual may take if they feel their rights may have been infringed."

Mr Donohoe said a decision would be taken in the future as to where the money would be found to cover any potential liability - but indicated it may come from Justice.

Asked about a redress scheme, he replied: "It's just far too early to make a judgment in relation to this. The first thing that will happen is individuals will assess whether their rights have been infringed.

"They will assess whether they need to take a legal course of action in relation to it then. Then it will be up to the courts to adjudicate on that matter."

Irish Independent

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