Saturday 21 October 2017

Why Minister Ross must stop the march of the 'three glasses' view on drink-driving

Minister Shane Ross faces a drink-driving battle royale in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents Photo: Garrett White
Minister Shane Ross faces a drink-driving battle royale in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents Photo: Garrett White

Gerard O'Regan

When Shane Ross was a youngish man about town, by his own admission, he might have spent more time than was sensible in some of Dublin's trendier watering holes.

Mixing the often heady cocktail of journalism and politics, it could be said our current Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister has always had a lot to say about a lot of things. In the interim many years have flown by, and now he is one of the most voluble, and opinionated, TDs in the Dáil.

Traversing that well-worn triangle - made up of the Shelbourne Hotel's Horseshoe Bar, Doheny and Nesbitt's pub, and the Unicorn restaurant - in his young fogey days was thirsty work. No wonder he recalls sometimes imbibing more than a few, as he and his fellow travellers put the problems of the world to rights.

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