Saturday 10 December 2016

No sign of road safety on Frances Fitzgerald's list of Budget priorities

Published 14/10/2016 | 02:30

So far this year, 146 people have died on the roads, up 25 on the same time last year (Stock picture)
So far this year, 146 people have died on the roads, up 25 on the same time last year (Stock picture)

We all look at the Budget subjectively. For many parents of young children, this Budget will be remembered for a significant policy move to subsidise the cost of childcare.

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For others, like aspiring first-time buyers, the tax break announced will make the difference between buying a home or continuing to rent and save. Even sheep farmers got their share. With so many challenges and finite resources, the Government will have struggled with priorities. And to be fair, prudence is the way to go mindful of the uncertainties of Brexit and the mistakes of the past.

Having said that, it is a regrettable omission that the social imperative of reducing deaths and serious injury on our roads appears to have been overlooked. Nowhere in the Budget priorities listed by the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is there any sign of enhanced Garda resources dedicated to road safety enforcement.

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