Thursday 8 December 2016

Ray fails his driving test for 14th time

Published 02/04/2015 | 02:30

Ray Heffernan says it’s only a matter of time before he gets his licence. Photo: Daragh McSweeney
Ray Heffernan says it’s only a matter of time before he gets his licence. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

Motorist Ray Heffernan has vowed to get his driving licence despite failing his 14th test.

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Mr Heffernan (65) failed his 14th driving test in Cork last Tuesday, but he insisted his driving was "really good" and said it was only a matter of time before he got his cherished full licence.

Mr Heffernan, from Mayfield in Cork, said he was "upset and hurt" at comments about his driving.

He insisted he had driven all over Ireland and Britain without incident in his working career.

"If I'm that bad a driver, I shouldn't be alive today. But I am a good, safe driver - I'm a better driver than some of the lunatics on the road today with full driving licences," Mr Heffernan said.

"I don't have any penalty points and I am really careful on the road."

The Irish Independent first highlighted the plight of the retired plasterer four years ago and he subsequently appeared on radio and TV programmes.

"I don't want to be a celebrity," Mr Heffernan said.

"I just want my full driving licence and to be able to live a quiet life. This whole thing is costing me a small fortune."

Irish Independent

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